Caritas Support to Afghans Included Fasting

PONDICHERRY, India, JAN. 6, 2002 ( Church-run Caritas International has so far spent $10.8 million on projects for Afghan refugees in Pakistan and on the Iranian and Pakistan borders.

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The Caritas confederation provided food and blankets for 10,000 refugees in Jalozai, Peshawar, the largest of the refugee camps, which shelters 70,000 refugees, according to Father Ivan Ambroise, Caritas Asia coordinator, in statements to SAR News.

To show solidarity with the Afghan Muslims, the Caritas members also fasted during Ramadan, Father Ambroise said.

Caritas´ Islamabad-Rawalpindi office, operating from Peshawar, distributed food packages to nearly 3,000 families in the Jalozai camp during Ramadan. The packages contained foodstuffs including seven types of dried fruits traditionally used in Afghanistan to break the Ramadan fast.

Caritas Hyderabad distributed tents, blankets and oil stoves to 2,000 internally displaced Afghan families at Chapman on the Pakistan border, Father Ambroise added.

Caritas International is a confederation of 154 Catholic relief, development and social service societies working in 198 countries.

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