Stop military strikes and ship in aid, doctors say
- By: Roger Dobson
Medact, the UK pressure group of health professionals, has led calls for an end to military action in Afghanistan and for an international humanitarian aid programme. Several relief agencies have also urged an end to the attacks and called for food and medical supplies to be shipped in before the winter snow begins in mid-November.
The agencies point out that Afghanistan, the poorest country in Asia, was already facing the prospect of a winter of severe food shortages before the terrorist attacks on the United States and the military strikes by American and British forces. Agencies then estimated that the combination of three years of successively worsening drought, and the continuing war between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance, had put five million people at risk.
“Some 40000 tonnes of food aid alone are needed each month over this winter for the areas of Afghanistan under the control of the