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Just Like Unending Wars: Unrelenting Drought Hits Afghanistan

posted by Maleekie Ambularie @ 21:02 PM
November 14, 2011

 While the world has eyes on the horrible drought devastating East African nations,  the same eyes usually think about decades of war when they view Afghanistan.  They don’t think drought!  But that is exactly what the world must see as the second war front in that nation––another war on the affects of Global Warming.

 Officials of the war-torn nation report that drought from Global Warming threatens more than seven million Afghans.  Ghanizada, a writer for Afghan Online Newspaper and Magazine, reports that “more than 90% of the Afghan agriculture were affected by drought this year.”

 The Commission for State Emergency says:  “the country will face migration, regional conflict, animal deaths, and disease if the government does not step up actions to fight the natural disaster which threatens more than 7 million Afghans.” 

 And all of this goes on while the Afghan people try to protect themselves from bombs and flying missile fires exploding their homes in the ongoing war between the United States, its allies and al-Qaeda rebels.

 Moreover, they call upon the international donor community to grant assistance.  Oxfam adds that time is urgent as coming heavy winter snow will block the road to some 23 provinces where people will be without food.
 If some doubt what Afghans say, they may trust the words of a Westerner who writes often about the Third World: “Afghanistan is on the verge of a huge humanitarian disaster. Drought has ruined food supplies, and three million Afghans will face starvation if aid agencies do not have the resources in time to respond.

 William Lambers, a famed author of such books as “Ending World Hunger,” and “School Lunches for Kids Around the World,” writes in  “Due to this year’s drought and the reduced wheat harvest more Afghans will be now be joining the ranks of the hungry and food insecure.”

 Generally, Afghanistan could look to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for help.  But that agency is some $ 200 million short of the funding needed in their present Afghan mission, much less the coming months.  WFP even issued a report indicating that even before the present drought, the Afghan people  were in a “severe hunger crisis, with children suffering the most.”

 Since they support war in Afghanistan, members of the U. S. Congress can transfer that funding to help feed Afghan’s children. In Bible prophecies, Jesus promised:  “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea  (Mark 9: 42).”  They may be Afghans, but little children still look to God for their sustenance.  At young, tender ages, they know that hunger and  suffering doesn’t come from Him.

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