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Afghan leader tries to calm landslide victims amid aid tensions

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 01:12

May 7 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits victims of a deadly landslide, trying to calm villagers angered by the slow delivery of emergency aid and an initial government refusal to help retrieve bodies. Mana Rabiee reports.

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EDITORS NOTE: AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING A full week after a massive landslide killed hundreds of people in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai visits the more than 4,000 who are now displaced. He came to this refugee camp on Wednesday to calm the survivors of last Wednesday's deadly landslide. Many of the victims in this remote northern border region are angry over the slow delivery of emergency aid... and the government's initial refusal to help retrieve the bodies. Earlier, the government said the site would be left as a mass grave. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) AFGHAN PRESIDENT, HAMID KARZAI, SAYING: "May Allah give the people of Afghanistan patience for this disaster and the families of those who are buried under the mud. May Allah bless their souls and bring prosperity, development and peace to Afghanistan." It was Karzai's first direct comments on the disaster. He joined in prayers and said the government will build shelters, provide food and water, and not abandon the victims until their work is done. Aid agencies have rushed in tons of emergency supplies into Afghanistan. But tons of it remain in the provincial capital. Distribution of the aid has been difficult, amid scuffles between the victims, the poor from nearby villages, and security forces.

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Afghan leader tries to calm landslide victims amid aid tensions

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 01:12