UN says Afghan civilians on brink of starvation as winter sets in

UN says Afghan civilians on brink of starvation as winter sets in
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It has been more than four months since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. The war-torn country is on the brink of mass starvation as more than half of its population faces acute hunger amid freezing temperatures.

The UN World Food Program, in a report, said that Afghanistan’s economy has been in freefall since the Taliban took control of the country.

Also, the economic crisis and limited availability of cash have led to starvation throughout the war-torn territory.

This is for the first time when urban residents are facing food insecurity at similar rates to rural ones. WFP chief David Beasley recently visited Afghanistan and said that his team is in a race against time to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan.

“What’s happening in Afghanistan is just horrific,” said Beasley. “I met families with no jobs, no cash and no food, mothers who sold one child to feed another, and the lucky children who made it to the hospital. The world cannot turn its back as the Afghan people starve.”

Now as the harsh winter sets in, humanitarian organizations warn of a hunger catastrophe. This comes as a threat to millions of children who could lose their lives.

The Taliban-ruled Afghans are facing food insecurity and other challenges. The United States has also imposed economic restrictions.

The world should moot over the situation of Afghans. The civilians are going through a very tough phase. The diplomats need to separate the humanitarian imperative from the political discussions.

The ultras have been assuring of respecting human rights, including women education. Now, all they need is funds for humanitarian aid that is the need of the hour.

Under the Taliban rule from 1996-2001, women have largely been oppressed and their education suffered a lot.

The western powers want to avert a food crisis in Afghanistan. But at the same time, they all refused to officially recognise the Taliban government.

If reserves remain frozen, Afghans will not be able to pay for their imports. Moreover, they will not be able to pay for their shipments and banks will start to collapse.

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