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Slovakia to provide sleeping bags to Afghans

Slovak soldiers from a provincial reconstruction team serving in Afghanistan have received delivery of 500 sleeping bags which are no longer used by the Slovak army. The sleeping bags will be distributed to needy inhabitants in Uruzgan province, Defence Ministry spokesman Ivan Rudolf told the TASR newswire on Wednesday, July 20.

Slovak soldiers from a provincial reconstruction team serving in Afghanistan have received delivery of 500 sleeping bags which are no longer used by the Slovak army. The sleeping bags will be distributed to needy inhabitants in Uruzgan province, Defence Ministry spokesman Ivan Rudolf told the TASR newswire on Wednesday, July 20.

"Humanitarian aid goes beyond the scope of our duties, but to help those in need is a pure expression of humanity," said Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko (Freedom and Solidarity-SaS). According to Galko, this is one way in which the difficult situation in the country can be stabilised.

"We've introduced a new system of aid this year. We don't automatically dispense help any more. The local authorities have to let us know what their people need and then we try to supply it," said Captain Marcel Trojan of the Slovak contingent in Afghanistan.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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