Afghanistan: Rising violence hampering relief, say aid groups
AKI – Adnkronos International
Kabul, 1 August (AKI) – International aid agencies in Afghanistan have warned that worsening violence in the country is preventing them from delivering urgent relief.
A statement by 100 non-governmental aid agencies released on Friday pointed to a 50 percent rise in insurgent attacks in 2008 compared to last year.
The Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief said on Friday unrest had spread in the country and welfare agencies were being forced to reduce aid delivery even though drought and price rises were having a severe impact.
In their statement, the aid agencies criticised the rising number of civilian deaths, which they said were caused mainly by insurgents but also by international forces’ air strikes.
There were 463 Taliban attacks in May and 569 in June, ACBAR said in a statement, citing figures from a range of sources including the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office.
Earlier this year ACBAR estimated almost half the population lived in poverty in Afghanistan and people lacked basic essentials to aid their development.
The report said 53 percent lived below the poverty line and unemployment was running at 40 percent.