I guess the terrorism/taliban articles aren't going to stop going hand in hand with the aid relief efforts any time soon.
KHWAZAKHELA, PAKISTAN—A fresh shipment of Canadian aid arrived Sunday afternoon here in Khwazakhela district, a former Taliban stronghold and a region where hearts and minds are said to be in the balance as militant extremists look to exploit lapses in flood recovery efforts.
It has been more than three weeks since heavy flooding drowned this stretch of verdant valley in Pakistan's northwest, leaving behind a jumble of waterlogged concrete, broken beams and brown, smelly muck where homes and buildings recently stood.
In a red-brick building normally used as an onion warehouse, just a few metres from the chalky grey waters that wiped out a one-year-old hospital and so many other local buildings, Canadian Red Cross workers distributed to 250 local families aid packages that included all-weather tents stamped "Canada," cooking oil, rice, lentils, hygiene kits and kitchen supplies.
Long lines of local men stood in sweltering heat waiting for the 100 kg aid packages. After their names were checked to ensure no one took more than their share, they carried the heavy packages a few kilometers down the road, to a point where people could cross the river in a basket hanging from a makeshift rappel line.
Other countries may be winning more international acclaim for their recovery work here. The Japanese and Australian armies have medical teams in southern Pakistan and the U.S. has committed 21 helicopters to distributing aid and ferrying the injured..