ANKARA, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – Aug 24, 2022): Three special “charity trains” left for Afghanistan from the capital of Trkiye on Wednesday with around 1,500 tonnes of aid in tow.
“The 6th charity train trip is on its way to Afghanistan,” Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced on Twitter.
Ten aid groups from Turkey have come together to organize the effort, preceded by five similar initiatives to help the food-strapped people in that country in need of emergency assistance.
When the sixth journey arrives in Afghanistan, a total of 1.25 million Afghans will have received the aid carried by the trains, making the total 17, AFAD added.
On January 27, two trains with 47 wagons carrying 750 tons of aid left Ankara and reached Afghanistan on February 2.
The second rail initiative transported 45 wagons with 921 tons of emergency aid to Afghanistan on February 23 after a 12-day trip.
With 900 tons of additional cargo, the third train reached the Afghan city of Herat on March 14, after leaving Ankara on February 25.
On March 30, the fourth train left Ankara with 1,478 tons of aid and reached Afghanistan on April 18.
The fifth train left for Afghanistan on July 4 and reached it on July 16.
According to the United Nations Humanitarian Coordination Office (OCHA), half of the Afghan population now faces acute hunger, children are out of school and more than 9 million people are uprooted.