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Raleigh Group Works To Help Displaced Afghan Refugees

Posted November 1, 2001

— We have heard about thousands of Afghans who have been displaced from their homes and are living in camps. A Raleigh organization, Stop Hunger Now, hopes to provide some relief for these people.

The group's leader, the Rev. Ray Buchanan, just returned from Afghanistan this week.

"These people have absolutely nowhere to turn," he said. "That's what affects me the most, watching parents watch their children die and not be able to do anything about it."

His group is working with other organizations to try and get food to needy displaced Afghans.

"When you've got 8 million people at risk of starvation, that's not a lot of hope," he said.

Buchanan spent two days last week in northern Afghanistan. He said 30 years of fighting combined with a three-year drought has left the country desolate and full of despair.

"The dirt there is so dry, it's almost like talcum powder," he said. "The hillside looked like it was covered with mumps. There were all these mounds, and each mound was a grave."

Despite it all, the people he met were kind and generous.

"Any of these people living in these camps who have nothing would invite you in and give you the best they could," he said.

Stop Hunger Now is currently operating in 30 different countries.

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