Taliban actions imperil Afghanistan’s health system

The WFP has raised an alarm regarding the plight of Afghan migrants forcibly expelled from Pakistan…reports Asian Lite News

The Human Rights Watch recently highlighted Afghanistan’s decimated public health system due to reduced foreign aid and Taliban’s gender-based abuses. This has left millions vulnerable to malnutrition and illness, exacerbating the healthcare crisis. The Taliban’s rule has plunged many into poverty and hunger as sanctions and frozen assets cripple the economy.

The World Food Programme reported record-high malnutrition rates, with women and girls disproportionately affected due to Taliban restrictions on education and employment, hindering access to healthcare.

The WFP has raised an alarm regarding the plight of Afghan migrants forcibly expelled from Pakistan, revealing that they are currently resorting to borrowing money merely to survive, Khaama Press reported.

In a recently released video clip, the organisation disclosed that in the span of nearly five months, over half a million Afghan migrants have been forcibly deported by the Pakistani government.

Highlighting the grim situation, the WFP emphasised that Afghan migrants find themselves compelled to borrow funds for survival, devoid of any facilities or support. The organisation’s website underscores that the majority of expelled migrants are currently in a state of confusion, as reported by Khaama Press.

Expressing deep concern, the World Food Program stated that some returning migrants are still grappling with hunger, identifying a critical need for food assistance.

In response to this humanitarian crisis, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations of the Taliban in Afghanistan announced a significant development. The Japanese ambassador reported a commitment of 100 million yen in assistance for various sectors, aimed at supporting the returning migrants in Afghanistan.

The funds are earmarked for crucial necessities, including shelter, tents, winter clothing packages, and health services for Afghan migrants, according to the Taliban’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, Khaama Press reported.

UN seat

 Afghanistan’s Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, said Afghanistan’s permanent seat in the United Nations must be given to the Islamic Emirate, the media reported.

Kabir made the remarks on Saturday in a meeting with Roza Otunbayeva, the UN secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan, saying that the international community should recognise the current government and all conditions for recognition have been met, Xinhua news agency reported.

The senior official also called sanctions on the Islamic Emirate and government officials unfair, stressing that the move would affect its interaction with the world.

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