Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Starving Afghans ‘need aid airlift’

The international community was yesterday urged to stage an emergency relief operation along the lines of the Berlin Airlift to prevent Afghanistan falling victim to a devastating famine.

A briefing paper by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a military think-tank, warned that food shortages now represented a greater threat to Afghanistan than the Taliban insurgency.

Once the winter snows set in, the paper said, the Afghan population will turn increasingly to the international forces in the country for help.

With the United Nations World Food Programme estimating that the country will need 95,000 tonnes food aid by February, the report said there was now a “window of opportunity” to act before the weather conditions for flying deteriorated.

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