The intense heat wave that hit Afghanistan in 2003 resulted in an exodus of refugees to the Afghan-Pakistan border close to Sada, Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan. Following an appeal for international humanitarian aid, a team of 4 from MR and the Singapore Red Cross Society (SRCS) was sent to Afghanistan from 9 to 13 July 2003 to distribute 31,000 cans of corned meat and meat from 20 freshly slaughtered cows to 5,000 Afghan refugee families living in refugee camps along the northern border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This was a continuation of earlier humanitarian efforts by MR and SRCS to provide aid to Afghan refugees affected by the tribal conflict in the country and the Iraqi victims of war. MR had sent volunteers and staff in an SIF-led medical mission to Afghanistan from 10 March to 30 April 2002, and dispatched a batch of canned meat as part of the food aid distribution project to the refugees in July 2002.

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org