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Aid Reaches Afghan People - 2001-10-13


U-S planes have begun airdrops of food for the Afghan people, while other relief agencies work to deliver aid on the ground despite problems with Taleban border guards.

U-S forces flew over northern Afghanistan Saturday, dropping thousands of yellow packages containing a day's rations. Hundreds of people from nearby refugee camps rushed to gather the packages, which were marked with the message "from the people of the United States."

Meanwhile, aid workers on the ground have been rushing to deliver food and supplies before winter snows make the roads impassable. The World Food Programme has delivered at least 1-thousand tons of food aid in the past few days. It said up to 7.5 million Afghans will need food aid this winter, following a severe drought.

Taleban border guards demanding tolls or taxes have made delivery more difficult. A truck carrying 10-thousand blankets for the International Organization for Migration was made to wait 10 days for permission to cross the Afghan border without paying a levy.

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