20 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-549

ISAF provides humanitarian help in Kandahar

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – ISAF soldiers, along with the Afghan National Army and Afghanistan Regional Security Integration Cell-South, brought medical and humanitarian assistance to approximately 800 Afghans in Kandahar province on July 13.

Medical providers assisted villagers with medical care, while other troops distributed medicine, food, toys and school supplies donated by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  ISAF troops secured the village perimeter to ensure everyone’s safety during the mission.

“We are satisfied that U.S. forces would like to help us with medical care and assistance,” said a village elder who received help during the outreach mission.

One objective of the mission was to give the ANA soldiers the chance to reach out and aid their own people.

Major Shahwali, ANA garrison religious and cultural affairs officer, said it was important for ISAF and ANA forces to be in “close cooperation with each other.”

Shahwali spoke with elders and villagers to emphasize the importance of such missions and explained how the villagers can educate the next generation.

“If we have schools and clinics, we have peace,” Shahwali said.  “Encourage your children to be educated.”

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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