Afghan weavers' charity launched

Anita Pati

A charity that aims to revitalise Afghanistan's carpet weaving industry is being launched this week to coincide with a major conference on the country's reconstruction that has been chaired jointly by Tony Blair.

Afghan Action has received £250,000 in funding from the Department for International Development to train 350 young people in Kabul to weave carpets, which will then be sold in the UK from £200 each.

The conference, which began yesterday and continues today, is being chaired jointly by Blair, Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, and Kofi Annan, secretary general of the UN.

Afghan Action's three-year project dovetails with the conference's aim of mapping out a five-year economic and political strategy for the country.

The charity is now seeking UK sponsors for its 350 trainees.

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