The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan becomes unsustainable

After half a year with the taliban in powerAfghanistan is mired in a imminent economic collapse crossed by a unprecedented humanitarian crisis and with fundamental rights clearly resentful, especially in the case of women. Afghanistan is not at war, but it is a country fed by several crises. This Tuesday, February 15, 2022, six months have passed since the fear of going back to the past.

24 hours – Table of the world: Afghanistan, six months under the Taliban

From the first moment, the regime wanted to offer a less intolerant vision to win true recognition and, ultimately, so as not to lose foreign capital. Before the return to power of the Taliban, the 75% of budget of the Afghan government came from countries and International organizations.

The coming weeks, keys to avoiding a humanitarian catastrophe

The situation in the country as a whole is worrying, not just in Kabul. Current conditions represent a threat to children, the most vulnerable in these contexts. The next few weeks are going to be key to avoiding a humanitarian catastropheas explained Salam Al Janabiresponsible for communication United Nations in Afghanistan.

“We have hundreds of thousands of children who are in a situation of severe acute malnutrition who are fighting for their lives,” says Al-Janabi.

A team from RNE has been in the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul, in the unit dedicated to malnutrition. In several small rooms they serve patients from two months to five years of age. Right now there are 100, but the number does not stop increasing. The person in charge of one of the rooms assures that “they come from all the zones of Afghanistan”.

Malnutrition is a consequence of the deterioration of the entire socioeconomic fabric of Afghanistan

There are about 12 children in the room.something unusual according to the person in charge: “Normally there are not enough beds and the little ones have to share them“. In addition, he assures that they do not have medicines every day: “Today we only have one injection of penicillin, but the children need many more treatments to fight malnutrition.”

To the lack of medicines are added the economic problems of the families, because malnutrition is a consequence of the deterioration of the entire socioeconomic fabric of afghanistan.

75% of the budget of the previous Afghan government came from international aid

The consequences of this economic paralysis they can also be seen in prices, which have skyrocketed. According to him World Food Programthe kilo of rice has risen 20%, flour 50% and gasoline more than 40%. essential products that many families cannot afford. It is the case of Allodust, a traffic policeman who is 44 years old and has six children.

Alodust is a traffic policeman in Kabul, he is 44 years old and has six children whom he cannot feed. Guillaume Bontoux

Since the arrival of the Taliban, Alodust is unable to support his family.

“With the arrival of the new government they have paid me, but not all the salaries, and we get paid late. I haven’t paid rent for ten months. When I get home I only have stale bread, I am not able to bring my children fresh bread,” laments the police officer.

I can’t buy to feed my children,” laments the policeman.

Alodust is every day in the center of Kabul from six in the morning until ten at nightno vacation, ruined by the situation.

In this situation are many officials of the previous administrationwho do not stop working and do not get paid, or if they do get paid, they receive much less money.

Ahmad, was a journalist and actor. He now sells items at a second-hand market in Kabul. Guillaume Bontoux

In other sectors they have had to reinvent themselves to continue living. Ahmad, who was a journalist in ToloNews and actor, now sells items at a second-hand market in Kabul: “This job only serves me to survive.”

This place is a good example of how the economic and humanitarian crises are intertwined. People go to them to sell their clothes, furniture and objects and then buy some food. An untenable situation for millions of Afghans.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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