Many international aid agencies watched from the sidelines as almost 200 people died from flooding in Afghanistan two weeks ago. Torrential rains pounded already poverty-ridden central and eastern Afghanistan, injuring more than 250 people and destroying 3,100 houses. BTJ was one of the few organizations able to provide immediate aid to the area and get food to the women and children who were left stranded in the Taliban-controlled nation.
The true impact of the floods has not been completely calculated yet, because the real tragedy has yet to unfold. Thousands of livestock were killed and hundreds of square miles of farmland destroyed, meaning that it is going to be a long and daunting winter for the people of Afghanistan.
The BTJ team leader on the ground in Afghanistan wrote:
Dear [BTJ], in this mission [to the flood stricken area], I went to visit the most needy people. I met with the families and listened to them for what they needed. They begged me for food. I met with the Taliban leader to get his permission for travel and immediately went and bought the food that was needed. On the first day, we were able to provide two months supplies of food for 80 families.
I know that you are praying for us. May God be pleased with the mission I did today and I hope you are pleased too. When I do this work, people thank us in an incredible way and I am so happy. Tears flow from my eyes and down my face because of the grace that [BTJ] has shown me and my people of Afghanistan.
BTJ is continuing to provide aid in Afghanistan even under Taliban control. The aid that we provide is 100% handled by local Afghani’s and goes directly to the people who are in need.
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