The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Cautious hope

Today is better than yesterday for Afghan families receiving Lutheran aid

Food shipments in Afghanistan decreased during the U.S. bombing, putting millions of people at risk. Despite warplanes and armed soldiers, Afghan aid workers helped 23,000 families by buying staples locally and setting up an underground ration system. One two-month supply, made possible in part with money from U.S. Lutherans, reached a widow named Rahilla (her full name) living near Kabul.

Rahilla: "We stayed home during the bombing, which destroyed a camp used by Al Qaeda just up the road from here. We were afraid, and a nearby house collapsed, but we had no place to go.

"I've been a widow since a rocket landed here in 1996. The Taliban were fighting the Northern Alliance. One day, just over there, a rocket killed my husband. His [government] job was all we had. We don't own any land. Neighbors and relatives give us food and money from time to time. That's how we survive.

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