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    Afghan air force delivers humanitarian aid to Bamyan province



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    ISAF Joint Command

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan air force airmen and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan advisers delivered more than 3,600 pounds of humanitarian aid to Bamyan province Dec. 23.

    Afghan and NATO troops distributed blankets, jackets, school supplies and soccer balls to the Bamyan Department of Women’s Affairs. Goods were also set aside for a local orphanage and villagers, said Mahtab Farid, a public diplomacy officer for the State Department.

    “There were a lot of women in desperate need that come up to me and asked for help, and this is a good project in helping those needy women,” said Fatimah Kazimey, the director of the department of women’s affairs, commenting on what brought the humanitarian assistance mission to the province.

    “It’s such a tremendous feeling, a happy feeling, to be able to help people in need. Especially today, seeing some of the people who showed up to receive the help in person,” she said.

    Kazimey said that she believes that the continued support of the Afghan air force and coalition forces shown by humanitarian missions is a must for the betterment of the country and its people.

    The experience was not only beneficial for those receiving the aid, but also for the people distributing it, especially for the Afghan air force members who made the trip from the Afghan air force base in Kabul to be able to deliver the supplies.

    “I am very happy to come here and be able to help our people,” Naik Mohammad Yosufi, an Afghan C-27 pilot who helped fly the aircraft that brought the supplies.

    Humanitarian missions help bring the government and people together. By doing missions such as these, Afghans begin to believe that their government is there to help them, and, likewise, become more enthusiastic about helping the government, Yosufi said.

    Though only a first step in displaying that support, the mission was still a success for those involved.

    “Today's mission was brief but very rewarding. It's a good feeling to deliver things people really need, alongside our fellow Afghan airmen,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Douglas Lantry, the historian for the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    “It's gratifying to be involved in this kind of direct impact on people's everyday lives with a genuine expression of good will. It was a highlight of my deployment,” he said.



    Date Taken: 12.24.2010
    Date Posted: 12.24.2010 13:06
    Story ID: 62580
    Location: KABUL, AF

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