Glavin: Canada Abandoning Afghanistan

The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee has found that Canadian aid commitments to Afghanistan will end next year, threatening to paralyze reconstruction efforts severely needed in the conflict-torn country.

The report’s lead writer, committee co-founder Terry Glavin, said in a piece for National Post that officials of the Canadian International Development Agency “have been left with no direction about commitments beyond the current fiscal year,” while those involved in Canada-led reconstruction efforts in Kandahar were “led to believe it will continue its work beyond 2011.”

He added: “We’re one of the world’s richest countries, and a leading member of the 43-nation International Security Assistance Force, and we’re leaving Afghans with the demoralizing impression that we have just given up, that our withdrawal is the harbinger of their coming abandonment by the international community.”

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    Tarra Quismundo

    Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.