Troops build play facilities

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28 February 2007, AMSTERDAM - The Dutch troops in the Afghan province of Uruzgan put smiles on the children's faces in the town of Tarin Kowt on Tuesday with new play facilities. They set up two football goals and a volleyball court near the boys' school. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Afghanistan. The girls' school was given a seesaw and a large swing.

28 February 2007

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch troops in the Afghan province of Uruzgan put smiles on the children's faces in the town of Tarin Kowt on Tuesday with new play facilities. They set up two football goals and a volleyball court near the boys' school. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Afghanistan. The girls' school was given a seesaw and a large swing.

The defence ministry in The Hague said the local population was very enthusiastic about the play facilities, especially the children. An official from the education ministry said the government was pleased with the gift, because sport is important to a nation's development. Both schools were also given chalk boards, notebooks, pens and pencils.

The Dutch see the setting up of play facilities as one of the tangible contributions to reconstruction in the province. They hope this will help win over the trust of the population so that the Taliban will have less chance of gathering support.

The Afghans themselves are still working on rebuilding the schools, which will open their doors next month.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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