The Pew Charitable Trusts have awarded a $500,000 grant to CARE International in support of the humanitarian organization's efforts to provide food, shelter, and blankets to Afghan civilians who have been displaced by events in the region.
Even before the recent U.S. military action, Ahghanistan had been contending with a severe drought, a devastated economy, and a lack of infrastructure caused by years of internecine conflict. CARE has been supporting relief efforts in the war-torn country for decades and has the ability to move supplies effectively to those in need.
"The war on terror must be waged, but tens of thousands of innocent Afghans desperately need our help," said Rebecca Rimel, president and CEO of the Philadelphia-based Trusts. According to the United Nations, more than five million Afghan civilians were already in need of humanitarian aid, and recent efforts by the U.S. and the Northern Alliance to unseat the Taliban may add two million people to that number. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that children under the age of five represent nearly 20 percent of those at risk.