VCNV UK PRESS RELEASE 8th January 2014
Peace group Voices for Creative Non Violence UK will this week witness £3,000 worth of aid, the total amount of funds raised by the group, delivered to Chaman-e Barbak refugee camp in Kabul, the second biggest camp in the city, home to over 700 families who are among, some of the neediest people in the world.
Representative Maya Evans, aged 34, from St Leonards on Sea, will be at the camp when aid will be distributed; flour, oil and sugar will be divided into portions to last each family through the toughest months of the year where temperatures plummet to around minus 16 degrees celsius, previous years have seen reports of children freezing to death over night (1).
Maya Evans said: “It’s extremely shocking to see that despite 13 years of a full scale international presence, where at least £37 billion and $100 billion has been spent by the UK and US governments alone, people are still living in some of the worst conditions in the world; children walking around without adequate foot ware and clothing, open sewers running alongside homes which are basic mud huts, piles of rubbish next to homesteads, it’s so depressing.” (2)
She added: “Most of the money poured into this country has gone towards war, which hasn’t brought the country much closer to peace or improved living conditions. The Afghans I speak to say they are tired of war and want an end to foreign involvement, people are tired and war weary, it’s time to end the violence.”
In addition the Chaman-e Barbak refugee camp experienced a devastating fire last week (4), it left 70 people without homes during the coldest period of the year. Immediate aid was delivered to the camp in the form of duvets for all the affected families, these were provided by the Afghan Peace Volunteers. (5)
Contact Maya Evans (in Kabul) +93 785980648(1) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/world/asia/cold-weather-kills-children-in-afghan-refugee-camps.html (2) UK cost: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/30/afghanistan-war-cost-britain-37bn-book (3) Article of visit “Locked inWinter”: https://vcnvuk.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/locked-in-winter/ (4) Photos of the VCNV visit to the camp: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Voices-for-Creative-Non-Violence-UK/454714281232864 (5) Afghan Peace Volunteers: www.ourjourneytosmile.org