Afghanistan is a country that has known war for its entire existence. The country as we know it, was founded in 1919. In the century before that, the British fought three separate wars here. The first king of Afghanistan, Amanullah Khan, abdicated only 10 years later in 1929. His successor was assassinated only 4 years after that, in 1933. Muhamed Zahir Shah, ruled as king for 40 years until a coup in 1973.
Five years later, the communists ceased power,and a year after that, the Soviet Union invaded, starting a war that lasted 13 years. When the Soviets withdrew, the country descended into chaos. Multiple factions vied for control of the country and the governmental structure fell completely apart. By 1996, the Taliban has assumed control over most of the country and began to restore order, but the civil war continued as the Northern Alliance tried to oust the Taliban from power.
While in power, the Taliban harbored the world’s most wanted terrorist, which led to the current fighting since the U.S. and its allies launched operations in 2001. With two centuries of nearly constant warfare, the county and its people are living a very hard life. Infrastructure is virtually non-existant. Running water and electricity are scarce outside the major cities.
Poverty is a way of life. Most of the arable land is used to grow opium and the rich natural resources of the country are inaccessible due to the lack of roads and rails. The people of this nation are a proud people, but they have had to endure constant warring, ever-shifting governments, massacres, lack of formal schooling, no electricity and no running water. As a result they need a lot of assistance just to surive.
There is a way that you, too, can help! Our command is having a shoe drive for the local children. Our goal is 500 pairs of shoes for the kids here. Below is an excerpt from an e-mail I received:
Our command recognizes the needs of those around us. We’ve been successful thus far in providing clothing donations to our neighbors in need.
We are sponsoring a Shoe Drive for the Children of Northern Afghanistan. Our goal is to provide 500 children shoes.
Obtaining the shoes can be brought about in several ways:
o You can have family/friends/church groups send in pairs of children shoes (varying sizes) here. The shoes can be sneakers, tennis shoes, rubber boots, etc.
o You can go online and order shoes and have them shipped here
o You can make a monetary donation so that the shoes can be ordered by a DCMA POC to be shipped here
Preferably, the shoes would be new but any and all shoes will not be turned away. The plan is to reach out and provide foot protection for the local children of Afghanistan.
If you are interested in sending shoes, please comment here and I will e-mail you the information. Thanks!!