BOMBING HAS destroyed aid supplies. The US bombed a Red Cross building last week, even though it was clearly marked with a huge red cross, destroying 35 percent of its food, tents, blankets and other humanitarian supplies.
TONY BLAIR claimed last week that the Taliban was disrupting the supply of aid. The World Food Programme rejected his claims. 'We have no problems with the Taliban regime regarding food convoys,' said spokesperson Khaled Mansour.
BEFORE THE Taliban took power the UN requested $124 million of aid from rich governments for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. By the end of 1996 it had received only $65 million. The UN asked for $133 million in 1997, but received only $56 million. This year the UN World Food Programme appealed for $257 million. It has received just $14 million.
ANTI-WAR protests in the last week included 20,000 marching in Thailand, 15,000 in Madrid in Spain and 20,000 in Indonesia. Some 20,000 also protested against the European Union leaders' summit in Ghent in Belgium on Friday of last week. It was an anti-globalisation protest, but many marchers shouted slogans and had placards against the war.
THE US is launching planes to drop deadly cluster bombs on Afghanistan from the British-owned island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The British government forcibly expelled the islanders in the 1960s and 1970s to make way for a US military base.