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Greek doctors offer aid and assistance in Afghanistan

Overcoming the dangers that transpire in a war zone, a medical team of the Greek branch of Doctors of the World managed yesterday to deliver aid and medical assistance to Afghans inside the Taleban-controlled territories of Afghanistan. The team – which traveled by cargo truck over 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) before reaching the last Iranian border station of Zabol – arrived yesterday at the Makakii refugee camp, located 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Iran’s border with Afghanistan. The Greek doctors delivered 60 cubic meters of humanitarian aid to the local Red Crescent offices at the camp, responsible for over 7,000 refugees. According to team officials, over 250 Afghan families arrive at the refugee camp daily, making even more urgent the need for humanitarian and medical assistance. According to the agency’s offices in Athens, the team will remain at the camp to oversee the proper delivery of the humanitarian aid to those in need, while providing additional medical assistance for those who were injured during the US-led air strikes, as well as the sick. The Greek medical team was one of the first foreign aid groups to reach the refugee camp inside Taleban-controlled territory, and its members are urging the prompt transfer of the facility and its reception areas to another location, preferably across the Iranian border. In Greece, a country where the Constitution establishes the Eastern Orthodox Church of Christ (Greek Orthodox) as the prevailing religion, approximately 94 to 97 percent of the population identify themselves, at least nominally, with the Greek Orthodox faith, there are approximately 500,000 to 800,000 are Old Calendrists.