Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Relief agencies threatened by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan

The Canadian Press reported Wednesday that growing security concerns are impeding the work of relief agencies trying to provide aid to thousands of families in the southern Afghanistan.

Many families in the region are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, having been internally displaced due to insurgent fighting and drought. In Helmand province, where the Taliban has a strong presence, roughly 5,000 families have had to flee their homes, a United Nations spokeswoman in Geneva said.

According to a senior Afghan official, some Taliban fighters have apparently threatened to kill any team trying to bring outside support to these unfortunate families, unless detained insurgents are released first.

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