WFP Convoy Braves Treacherous Roads to Reach Afghanistan Central Highlands
17 trucks set off from Kabul to cover 1,200 km into central Afghanistan to bring food to remote villages for WFP school meal programmes.
The unpaved roads – some at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres – become impassable in the winter months, and are left muddy and slippery in the spring.
Even in mid April, there is still plenty of snow on the roads at this altitude in the central highlands of Afghanistan.
WFP uses 6 x 4 Hino trucks, donated by the Government of Japan more than 20 years ago, to negotiate this tricky terrain.
Many of the drivers working for WFP in Afghanistan have been driving these routes for more than 20 years.
Even with decades of experience and sturdy vehicles, the trucks still get stuck sometimes and need to be towed out.
A convoy of WFP trucks braved mountain passes and precarious road conditions to deliver food to schools in remote villages in central Afghanistan that had been cut off during the harsh winter.