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Shar-e-Cott, pt. 2

Posted By: Erica

I met the elders of Shar-e-Cott, along with the other ACAP staff in the lumber yard of a large construction supply company. ACAP staff had pre-ordered and purchased the shovels, picks, gravel, lumber, wheelbarrows and other materials necessary to build a retention wall and irrigation system for the village of Shar-e-Cott. The retention wall and irrigation system will create a long-term improvement in the flood control, irrigation and water systems in the village, and in the short-term provide at least 250 families with day labor jobs constructing the wall and irrigation systems.

It’s not a perfect means of redress but after seven years of practically no assistance, the project represents some tangible help for a battered and struggling community. The village elders I spoke to were both proud and ecstatic to be able to bring something back to their community.

Sadly, Shar-e-Cott is not alone in this type of issue. In the next few blogs, I’ll share a other stories from communities in Afghanistan that are beyond the reach of humanitarian aid or redress for their losses. Whether they too will be waiting another 7 years for help is an open question in Afghanistan.

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