Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan last year, the humanitarian situation has become so bad that some people “have to sell their children and their organs” for money to eat. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres today outlined a hard picture of life under the Taliban at a digital donor conference for Afghanistan.
aim of the conference was to bring together 4.4 billion dollars (4 billion euros) of emergency aid, the highest amount the UN has ever asked for a single country. The amount is three times higher than the UN wanted to get together a year ago before Afghanistan.
The goal was not met. A total of 41 countries plead 2.4 billion dollars. The Netherlands contributes 20 million euros. The largest amounts come from the British with 386 million dollars and the Germans with 220 million dollars.
The United States promised more than 200 million dollars, with the condition that all the money goes directly to NGOs and the UN, so that Taliban‘s rulers don’t see a cent of it. The UN says all money will be transferred to aid organizations.
After the Taliban expelled the Afghan government last year, some $9 billion in Afghan assets were frozen abroad, and the economy collapsed. 95% of the population does not have enough to eat and nine million people risk famine. If no action is taken, one million children are in danger of dying of hunger.
During the conference there was a lot of criticism of the Taliban, which reintroduced many strict Islamic rules that were also in force in the 90s. In particular, the decision to stop allowing girls over the age of 11 to go to school was a stone of nuisance for the participants of the conference. UN boss Guterres called on the Taliban to reopen all educational institutions for everyone.
In Afghanistan, girls protested against the education ban last weekend: