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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 3, 2005


U.S. Contribution to Afghanistan Winter Emergency Needs

In response to a request from the government of Afghanistan, the United States is contributing $100,000 in emergency assistance to alleviate suffering caused by unusually heavy snowfall and cold temperatures in Afghanistan.

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is providing $50,000 in FY-2005 funding to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) from the Bureauís existing budget for South Asia. IFRC will use the funding to purchase and transport emergency supplies to affected populations in Kabul and in the provinces of Bamian, Ghazni, Paktika, and Baghlan. These provinces are home to many former refugees who repatriated from Iran and Pakistan following the fall of the Taliban regime.

The U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is providing $50,000 in FY-2005 funds through the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to the Afghan Red Crescent for purchase and distribution of relief supplies. In addition, ongoing humanitarian projects have been modified to help meet immediate needs and to prepare for possible flooding in the spring.

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