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Turkey sends 2nd ‘charity train’ to Afghanistan

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ANKARA: A second “charity train” carrying 921 tonnes of emergency goods has departed from the Turkish capital to Afghanistan under the coordination of the Turkish government.

16 humanitarian organizations took part to donate relief goods for the 45 wagons’ train, which is bound for a journey of 4,168 kilometers on Friday. State-run Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).

It will pass through Iran and Turkmenistan before arriving in Afghanistan with the vital delivery of relief materials, said Hasan Pezuk, head of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), attending the sendoff.

Among the attendees were senior Turkish officials, including the deputy ministers of interior and transportation, along with representatives from humanitarian organizations, AFAD, and Türkiye’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet).

On January 27, two trains with 47 wagons carrying 750 tonnes of aid left Ankara, reaching Afghanistan on February 7.

According to the UN humanitarian coordination office OCHA, half of Afghanistan’s population now faces acute hunger, while over 9 million people have been displaced and millions of children are out of school.

The UN and its partners had previously launched a $4.4 billion funding appeal to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan in 2022. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also warned that millions of Afghans are on the verge of death, urging the international community to release the conflict-torn country’s frozen assets and jump-start its banking system.

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