The plight of the Afghan people is that millions of people will run out of food on Monday before the arrival of winter, and one million children could die if their urgent needs are not met. I was completely rescued when I warned that there was.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke at a high-level UN conference in Geneva convened to deal with the crisis, and since the Taliban hijacking in Afghanistan, the country’s poverty rate has skyrocketed and basic public services have collapsed. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes in the past year after being forced to flee the battle.
“After decades of war, suffering and anxiety, they are probably facing the most dangerous times,” Guterres said, where one in three Afghans eat their next meal. I added that I don’t know.
Guterres told the press Monday afternoon that he had pledged more than $ 1 billion in aid at a conference by the international community. Linda Thomas Greenfield, the United Nations Ambassador to the United Nations, has pledged $ 64 million in new funding for food and medical assistance.
With the prospect of a long-standing humanitarian catastrophe like the Damocles sword, it now poses an imminent threat to children in the country.
“Nearly 10 million girls and boys rely solely on humanitarian aid to survive,” UNICEF Secretary-General Henrietta H. Fore said at the conference. “This year, at least one million children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition and may die without treatment.”
Afghanistan faced a dire food crisis as the drought engulfed the country, even before the Taliban swept across the country and ruled the government.
The World Food Program estimates that 40 percent of crops are lost. Wheat prices have risen 25% and the agency’s own food inventories are expected to run out by the end of September.
The suffering caused by the conflict and exacerbated by climate change was exacerbated by the uncertainties associated with the rise of the Taliban, leaving many international aid workers out of security concerns. The remaining people are uncertain if they can continue to work.
During the meeting, the United Nations said it needed $ 606 million in emergency funding to deal with the imminent crisis, but acknowledged that funding alone was not enough. The organization has pressured the Taliban to provide assurance that aid workers can carry out their business safely. By the end of the rally, the international pledge had exceeded the requested amount.
But even when the Taliban tried to make that pledge, UN human rights officer Michelle Bachelet also spoke in Geneva, and since the extremist Islamist groups seized power, Afghanistan has been “new and dangerous. It is in the “stage”.
“Over the past three weeks, women have been gradually excluded from the public sphere instead, contrary to the guarantee that the Taliban uphold women’s rights,” she told the Human Rights Council of Geneva, and the Taliban said more. I warned that I would need to use it. Rather than words that describe their commitment to supporting worker safety.
The meeting on Monday will also bring home the immenseness of the crisis and provide support that may justify the authority of the Taliban government, including leaders identified by the United Nations as international terrorists associated with al-Qaeda. The aim was to provide some relief to the hesitant Western government.
Martin Griffiths, head of UN humanitarian and emergency relief operations, visited Kabul last week and said the Taliban authorities had promised to facilitate the provision of aid.
The Taliban said in a verbal and later written promise read by Mr. Griffith, “We are in front of your support and all related projects under the supervision of the United Nations and other international organizations in Afghanistan. We guarantee that the previous and current obstacles will be removed. ” meeting. The Taliban also promised to protect the lives and property of humanitarian workers and protect their compounds. On Sunday, the Taliban authorities sent guarantees to promote the provision of humanitarian aid by road, he added.
Despite the risks, UN relief organizations are still operating domestically and are probably one of the last international lifelines needed by hundreds of thousands of people.
“In the last two weeks, we have provided safe drinking water to 170,000 people affected by the drought and have mobile medical teams in 14 states to continue to provide basic medical services to children and women. “It was,” said Fore. “In the last week of August, UNICEF launched a road mission to provide life-saving treatments to 4,000 severely malnourished children under the age of five.”
Since taking office, the Taliban have been largely isolated from the rest of the world, both politically and economically.
The World Bank has stopped funding new projects, the International Monetary Fund has stopped paying to Afghanistan, and the Biden administration has frozen the assets of Afghanistan’s central bank in the United States.
China made a friendly offer to the Taliban and provided about $ 30 million in aid, which is only part of the aid the country was planning to receive before the Taliban took over.
At its November 2020 meeting, donor countries pledged approximately $ 12 billion in aid to Afghanistan over a four-year period.
The Taliban had no representative in Geneva for the meeting.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture of the Taliban, said the government welcomed all humanitarian efforts by all countries, including the United States.
He also admitted that even the Taliban did not expect to rule the country so quickly.
“It was a surprise to us that the previous administration abandoned the government,” he said. “We weren’t well prepared for that, but we’re trying to understand things to manage the crisis and help people as much as possible.”
Most banks in the country remain closed, and Mujahid said there are no immediate plans to reopen banks because of the risk of people attacking them.
He called on the United States to unfreeze Afghan funds.
For hundreds of thousands of people evacuated in combat, their needs are imminent and becoming more and more serious day by day.
According to Filippo Grandi of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 500,000 Afghans have been displaced by fighting and anxiety this year, bringing the total number of people evacuated in the country to 3.5 million.
The danger of economic collapse has increased the likelihood of agitating the outflow of refugees to neighboring countries.
Rahman, 33, lived in Kunduz before fleeing to Kabul. In Kabul, I currently live in a tent in the park.
He was there for a month with his wife and three children.
“It’s cold here, there’s no food or shelter, and I can’t find a job in this city,” he said. “We all have children, they need food and shelter, and living here is not easy.”