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Allied bombardment threatens RedR work

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THE ENGINEERING aid effort in Afghanistan has been jeopardised after the allied air attacks on the Taleban regime left aid engineers stranded in the UK this week.

RedR (Engineers for Disaster Relief) had planned to send five engineers to Pakistan on Sunday.

However, the start of military action led to the cancellation of their flight from the UK.

The engineers were set to join up with another RedR member who has been on the scene for a fortnight, identifying the likely needs of refugees.

RedR is not alone in being held up by the attacks. The United Nations' World Food Programme food aid has all but ceased, due to difficulties with local transporters forcing the agency temporarily to suspend its deliveries into the country.

WFP has lost almost all communication with its staff on the ground inside the country.

Since the attack on the World Trade Center on 11 September, WFP has distributed over 14,000t of food aid inside Afghanistan, reaching as many as 1.7M people.

The Royal Engineers are standing by should they be called in to assist with the aid effort.

INFOPLUS www. wfp. org

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