The secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, called a conference on aid to Afghanistan, which will take place on the 13th, in Geneva, informed his spokesman on Friday (3).
The country, under Taliban control after 20 years of war, faces an “imminent humanitarian catastrophe,” warned Stephane Dujarric. “The conference will advocate for a rapid increase in funding so that life-saving humanitarian operations can continue, and will call for full and unimpeded humanitarian access to ensure that Afghans continue to have the essential services they need,” he said. in a statement.
Dujarric called for protection of the country’s development advances, noting that women’s rights are an essential part of Afghanistan’s future stability.
Even before the Taliban regained power in mid-August, Afghanistan was heavily dependent on foreign aid: 40% of the country’s GDP came from foreign funds.
The UN has warned that 18 million people in Afghanistan face a humanitarian disaster and that another 18 million could quickly join them. “One in three Afghans don’t know what their next meal will be. Almost half of all children under the age of 5 will suffer from acute malnutrition in the next 12 months,” warned Dujarric.
The United States ended its war in Afghanistan on Aug. 30, 15 days after the fall of the Afghan government and Kabul, which came under the control of the Talbians. Those days were marked by a frenzied Washington-led operation to evacuate Americans, foreigners and Afghans fleeing the new regime.
Since the withdrawal of US forces, the Taliban have been working with Qatar to make Kabul’s airport, crucial for obtaining aid, operational again.
On Thursday, the UN said it had resumed humanitarian flights to parts of the country, from Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, to Mazar-i-Sharif, in northern Afghanistan, and Kandahar, in the south.
The Afghan airline, Ariana Afghan Airlines, resumed domestic flights on Friday, while the United Arab Emirates sent a plane with medical and food aid.
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