Grains Of Hope

October 29, 2001

Every week, the French humanitarian organization ACTED distributes food in the Afghan town of Khwaja Bahauddin, about 100 miles east of Mazar-e Sharif. Every week, more refugees line up, anxiously looking at each 100-pound bag of wheat, hoping they will get some. As each bag is handed out, young girls rush up, sweeping through the thick dust to pick up every grain that might be spilled. The refugees have fled Taliban-held areas, seeking safety and food in this drought-stricken region controlled by the opposition Northern Alliance. There is never enough food.

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