Afghanistan: NATO Troops Face Extreme Difficulty in Providing Aid
A look at the PBS documentary, Afghanistan: The Other War.
There has been a lot of controversy and difficulty around the delivery of aid to civilians by international forces in Afghanistan. The program of the military delivering aid, commonly called winning hearts and minds, has largely been a failure. There is little to no cohesive plan in delivering aid, and what aid is given often places Afghan civilians at risk. The program often appears superficial, a slapped on to legitimize military presence and action, while a desperate people risk Taliban reprisal by swallowing their pride and asking for humanitarian aid from international armies that often do not deliver on promises and seem incapable or disinterested in protecting those who risk exposure by collaborating with them.
PBS has a free documentary online on the subject, following Canadian soldiers trying to provide aid to a couple of villages in Taliban controlled territory. You can view the documentary or learn more about it online.