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Caritas help reaching refugees in Pakistan

Caritas Australia National Director Jack de Groot has welcomed news that Australian support is reaching needy Afghan refugees currently in Pakistan.

The Caritas Internationalis network is working to distribute urgently needed supplies to refugees seeking shelter in harsh conditions in Pakistan, threatened by the rapid approach of winter in the region.

"We are very proud that our support is reaching some of the most vulnerable refugees from Afghanistan", said Mr de Groot.

Significant emergency supplies have been distributed in the large refugee camp of Jalozai, by Caritas' American partner Catholic Relief Services.

Catholic Relief Services and its local partners finished a distribution of much needed food, blankets and tents to approximately 13,000 beneficiaries (2500 families) in the Jalozai refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan on 17 November. The distributions targeted those most in need of aid, including newly arrived refugees and vulnerable refugee groups (widows, orphans, and the disabled).

A woman refugee in the camp explained that she was a widow, and that she had five children to feed. She said that the month and a half's supply of food for her struggling family was a godsend.

Caritas Internationalis is also working to alleviate the suffering of Afghan refugee recent arrivals to Quetta, in the southwest of Pakistan. In Quetta, refugees are dying of hypothermia, starvation and disease. Trust.

Caritas Australia is continuing to receive donations for those affected by the crisis in Afghanistan by secure online payment, or by calling 1800 024 413 or to 19 MacKenzie Street, North Sydney, 2060.

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