Afghan province offers aid to Japan

2011-03-12 19:00

Kabul - One of impoverished Afghanistan's most violent provinces on Saturday offered $50 000 in aid to help victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, officials said.

The cash has been offered by officials in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, which is seen as the birthplace of the Taliban and is one of the areas worst affected by violence in Afghanistan's near-ten year war.

"On behalf of the residents of Kandahar, mayor Ghulam Haidar Hamidi announced $50 000 in aid to the people affected by earthquakes and tsunami in Japan," a statement from Kandahar's provincial governor said.

Japan was hit by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday which triggered a tsunami, killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands unaccounted for.

The world's third-largest economy has been one of the main contributors of aid for the reconstruction and development of desperately poor Afghanistan.

In 2009, Japan pledged up to five billion dollars in aid for Afghanistan, to be delivered by 2013.