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Power eludes Kabul despite global aid

January 13th, 2008 . by TexasFred

KABUL, Afghanistan — Gul Hussein was standing under a pale street lamp in a poor section of east Kabul when the entire neighborhood suddenly went black.

“As you can see, it is dark everywhere,” the 62-year-old man said, adding that his family would light a costly kerosene lamp for dinner that evening. “Some of our neighbors are using candles, but candles are expensive, too.”

More than five years after the fall of the Taliban — and despite hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid — dinner by candlelight remains common in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Nationwide, only 6% of Afghans have electricity, the Asian Development Bank says.

The electricity shortage underscores the slow progress in rebuilding the war-torn country. It also feeds other problems. Old factories sit idle, and new ones are not built. Produce withers without refrigeration. Dark, cold homes foster resentment against the government.

In Kabul, power dwindles after the region’s hydroelectric dams dry up by midsummer. This past fall, residents averaged only three hours of municipal electricity a day, typically from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to USAID, the American government aid agency. Some neighborhoods didn’t get any.

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Power eludes Kabul despite global aid

Let me ask this, simply out of curiosity and a desire to hear the opinions of the readers, what do YOU think has happened to those hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid?? Most of which came from the pockets of U.S. taxpayers??

I have my own ideas, I am pretty sure it was nearly ALL stolen, that’s the Muslim, Arab whatever way of life and doing business, steal all you can before they notice and then try to throw up a half-assed effort to appease the money givers in hopes that they will continue to give…

Any ideas from you folks?? Comments are open, lets see what the readers think…

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12 Responses to “Power eludes Kabul despite global aid”

  1. comment number 1 by: Verlin Martin

    I’d have to say I believe that NONE of it was stolen. It was disbursed just like we do in congress, through ‘earmarks’ :)

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    Ahhh… The old ‘we didn’t steal it, we ear marked it’ routine… I never thought of it like that… :)

  3. comment number 3 by: Sage

    Hamid Karzai and other tribal leaders pocketed… it don’t you know.
    Just like all the little dictators thruout history.

  4. comment number 4 by: Robert

    Well we are trying to help these bassackwards, pedophile worshipping, goat herders move into the 21st century, what better way to help than to show them exactly how WE handle money…. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED…

  5. comment number 5 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    I am damned near to the point where ANY funds shipped to places OTHER than where I SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATE mean essentially nothing.

    I am thinking REVOLUTION, Mr. Tejas Fred.



  6. comment number 6 by: TexasFred

    BZ, do we have to grow beards and smoke nasty cigars like Che and Fidel?? :?

  7. comment number 7 by: Ranando

    Before we can clean up any other governments, we need to clean up ours.

  8. comment number 8 by: BobF

    Look at Africa. Billions upon billions of dollars are being sent there and all the people have to eat is mush.

  9. comment number 9 by: Ranando

    $20,435,870,190 went to Unidentified Foreign Entities

    Why in the World would the Bush Administration want to end these two wars?

    There’s money to be made. These wars aren’t about fighting al-Qaeda, there about money. If we were really fighting a GWOT, we would be in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan kicking Ass, we’re not.

    I for one will not vote for any candidate that wants to keep us on this track, and yes that includes George W. Thompson.

    $20,435,870,190 would end our border problem right here and now, WTF!

  10. comment number 10 by: GUYK

    No one since Genghis Kahn has been able to control Afghanistan for very long
    ….seems the loyalty of the people is to tribal government rather than that a national government.

  11. comment number 11 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    Oh no, Fred, we don’t HAVE to, we GET to!



  12. comment number 12 by: TexasFred

    Bloviating Zeppelin Says:

    January 14th, 2008 at 7:32 pm
    Oh no, Fred, we don’t HAVE to, we GET to!