Following the emergency request of the HIM-HER-IT, donors from all over the world, they promised over $ 1 billion to help Afghanistan, where poverty and hunger are increasing since the Taliban took power almost a month ago, causing an end to the arrival of foreign aid and raising the specter of a mass exodus.
After decades of war and suffering, Afghans face “perhaps their most dangerous hour,” he said. UN Secretary General, António Guterres in his keynote speech at a donor conference in Geneva. “The people of Afghanistan are facing the collapse of an entire country, all at once,” he said.
As he indicated, food supplies could run out before the end of the month, while the World Food Program announced that 14 million people are on the brink of starvation. Several of the speakers in Geneva said donors have a “moral obligation” to continue helping Afghans after a 20-year commitment. China and Pakistan they have already offered help.
However, the head of human rights de la ONU, Michelle bachelet, also in Geneva, made clear Western misgivings by accusing the Taliban of breaking their recent promises by ordering women to stay home, preventing teenage girls from going to school and going after former enemies, Reuters reported.
Beijing last week announced the shipment of food and health supplies worth $ 31 million; Iran He claimed that he sent an air cargo of humanitarian aid; and Pakistan sent supplies such as cooking oil and medicines, while calling for Afghan assets to be thawed.
«The mistakes of the past should not be repeated. The Afghan people must not be abandoned, “said the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshiwhose country maintains close relations with the Taliban and would probably bear the brunt if there is an exodus of refugees. USA pledged nearly $ 64 million in new humanitarian assistance at the conference, while Norway He pledged an additional $ 11.5 million.