The suffering of children in Afghanistan

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And the population in Afghanistan suffers from hunger since the withdrawal of Western forces. International sanctions hit the population the most. Children suffer the most, a report by Save the Children shows. According to this, every second girl does not go to school.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 7:00 pm|Last update: Wednesday, 08/10/2022, 02:52 PM Reading time: 3 minutes |

A year after the Taliban took power, many Afghan children suffer from hunger, depression and anxiety, according to a study. The organization Save the Children announced, Wednesday, in Berlin, that girls in particular have performed poorly in the Hindu Kush region, which is also experiencing a severe economic crisis. The director of the Afghan Relief Organization, Chris Nyamandi, spoke of a “children’s rights disaster” and called for more humanitarian aid to the country. In addition, the international community must find a way to support the economy and stimulate the banking system.

According to the organization, the report published on Wednesday included data from children and caregivers from about 1,450 Afghan families. According to this, 97 percent of families surveyed in May and June stated that they could not adequately feed their children. Girls eat less than boys. Also, 26 percent of girls and 16 percent of boys showed signs of depression. Many teenagers also suffered from anxiety.

Almost every second you don’t go to school

The study showed that the ideology of the Taliban affects girls in particular. More than 45 percent of girls surveyed do not go to school. Many girls are prevented from attending school due to the ban on secondary education by the new rulers, but also for economic reasons. One-fifth of the boys surveyed said they had not gone to school.

As was the case during the first Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban banned women in large parts of public life. Girls’ secondary schools are mostly closed. The severe economic crisis is also causing problems for Afghans.

Human rights activists demand relief from sanctions

The ordeal has been exacerbated by international sanctions. Among other things, several governments, including the United States and the World Bank, froze the assets of the Afghan Central Bank after the Taliban took power a year ago. That is why Human Rights Watch has called for an easing of restrictions on the banking sector in Afghanistan. This is the only way to effectively address the humanitarian crisis, the Washington-based human rights organization said.

An agreement is badly needed to give the people of Afghanistan a chance for economic activity. “The growing hunger and health crisis is acute and stems from a banking crisis,” said John Sifton, Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. Human rights activists criticized the country, which is currently experiencing a serious liquidity crisis and a shortage of banknotes. Thus, companies, humanitarian organizations and private banks can only operate within a very limited scope. At the same time, millions of people have lost their jobs because foreign donors have greatly reduced their funding for education, health and other important areas.

Everyone suffers from hunger

Almost half of the population suffers from hunger in Afghanistan. Nearly 90 percent of Afghans have not had enough to eat in some way since last August, Human Rights Watch said. According to the human rights organization, the problem is not so much the lack of food as the financial hardship. Food importers could not pay for the goods, and the people in exile could hardly give their relatives any money.

“Millions of hungry Afghans live in the horrific reality of seeing food in the market and not being able to buy it,” Sifton said. At the same time, inflation and rising prices led to a sharp rise in the cost of food and fertilizers. The Taliban has ruled the country since Western forces left the country unprepared and hasty, effectively ceding power to the Taliban. (epd/mig)

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