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Members of the G-20 meeting in a virtual summit pledged to provide aid to the people of Afghanistan in a bid to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in the war-torn country, Tolo News reported.
The summit was hosted by Italy on Tuesday. Some members of the summit cited that provision of aids didn't indicate recognition of the "Taliban" government.
Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, said that her country is not ready to recognise the "Taliban". According to her, the Taliban have not met the international measures and expectations of the world, the report said.
The US said that it would provide donation through aid organisations to the people of Afghanistan.
Addressing the summit, US President Joe Biden also expressed concerns over the presence of armed groups such as ISIS-K or so-called Daesh group in Afghanistan.
The European Union pledged to provide one million Euro in support of humanitarian donation to the country.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the international community emphasised on preservation of the human rights, particularly the rights of girls and women.
The summit was not attended by the Presidents of China and Russia.
This comes as earlier, the UN and humanitarian organisations had warned of triggering a severe humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Keywords: Afghanistan, G-20, Taliban Government, United States, European Union.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Thursday announced that it has provided assistance to thousands of needy people across Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, the UNHCR in collaboration with a number of aid agencies provided essential household items to a total of 4,506 people in Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz and Balkh provinces, the UNHCR Afghanistan said in a Twitter post.
"In Herat (province) we provided cash grants to 665 persons to meet basic needs, and in Kabul and Herat 973 persons received cash for rent," the agency said.
The UN agencies together with aid agencies and a number of non-governmental organisations are racing against time to deliver life-saving aid and supplies to crisis-hit Afghans ahead of winter, reports Xinhua news agency.
The economic situation worsens in Afghanistan with higher unemployment rate and rising poverty.
Afghans make up one of the largest refugee populations worldwide.
There are 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees in the world, of whom 2.2 million are registered in Iran and Pakistan alone, according to the UNHCR.
Another 3.5 million people are internally displaced, having fled their homes searching for refuge within the country.
In light of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in 2021, the number of people fleeing will likely continue to rise, the Agency added.
Keywords: Afghanistan, Taliban, UNHCR, Economy, Society, Safety.
The situation in Afghanistan continues to move from bad to worse since the Taliban takeover and the formation of an interim government has prompted the seizure of foreign aid and global recognition.
With each passing day, the humanitarian crisis of the country is surfacing with more severity as lack of provision and access to the basic requirements of food and water have plunged many into starvation, which has lead to the deaths of many young children while hundreds have been treated due to effects of starvation.
"Children are dying of starvation in Afghanistan," said the locals in Ghor, one of the many affected provinces of Afghanistan.
International aid agencies have warned that millions of young children could face major and life-threatening malnutrition by the end of the year if this matter is not addressed on emergency and war footing.
A malnourished Afghan child, weighing 14 pounds (6.4 kg) at 18 months of age, is treated by a US Army medical team member in Paktya, Afghanistan.Wikimedia commons
In Ghor province, at least 17 children have died from malnutrition in the past six months.
Locals say the number of dead is of those, who made it to the hospital and then died, claiming that the situation on the ground is much worse as many have not been able to make it to the hospital and have lost their lives.
"Almost 300 children have been treated for the effects of hunger from the Ghor province only, 17 of who have died," said Mullah Muhammad Ahmadi, Ghor province's Public Health Director.
"Hundreds of children are at risk of starvation in central parts of the country," he added.
Locals in Ghor say that they are in dire condition with almost zero access to water and food, which is leading to major health risks among locals, especially women and children.
"I can tell you that many children have died due to starvation in the recent past. We have no food to feed our children. We have no water. We have no jobs to work and earn for the wellbeing of our families," said Amanullah, a resident of Ghor.
Similar fears have been expressed by the UN Children's Agency (Unicef) in Afghanistan, whose spokesperson stated that a large number of children are paying the price due to malnutrition and starvation.
"I cannot confirm the number of deaths in Ghor but can confirm that a lot of children are paying the ultimate price," he said.
Stamp of Afghanistan of children eating -1964Wikimedia commons
"We are very painfully aware that this is something we are on the brink of, or in the middle of," said Salam Al-Janabi, a representative of Unicef.
The UN has warned that by the end of the year, one million children under the age of five in Afghanistan are expected to need treatment for life-threatening acute severe malnutrition, while another 3.3 million will be suffering from acute malnutrition.
Afghanistan is witnessing itself being plunged into a severe crisis of the already present humanitarian crisis. The Taliban takeover and coming into power has brought with it major challenges, which many believe are putting the capabilities of the regime to test.
The effects of drought, soaring food prices and job losses, coupled with blocked international aid and financing have pushed Afghanistan on the verge of a socioeconomic collapse.
(This news story was originally written by Hamza Ameer for IANS, reporting from ground zero)
Keywords: Afghanistan, Afghan Children, Starvation, Child Rights, UNICEF Afghanistan, Taliban
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 76th United Nations General Assembly on Saturday held in New York. Prime Minister Modi touched on various issues ranging from making nasal vaccines in India to making an indirect remark on Pakistan for using terrorism as a political tool. PM Modi also highlighted how India is the mother of all democracies and how strategically and effectively India has managed the Covid-19 pandemic. He made comments on the developments in Afghanistan and poverty alleviation.
India: Mother of democracy
In his address at the UNGA session, PM Modi said that for the last one and a half years the world has been facing the biggest global epidemic of the century. He further added that he represents the mother of all democracies, where there are dozens of languages, hundreds of dialects, and different lifestyles and cuisines. India is a shining example of a vibrant democracy and it is recognized for its diversity.
"Yes, democracy can deliver. Yes, democracy has delivered….When India grows, the world grows. When India reforms, the world transforms," Prime Minister Narendra Modi added during his address at the 76th UNGA.
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Manufacture Covid Vaccine India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address made efforts to make India a front-line fighter in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. He encouraged worldwide vaccine manufacturers to come to India and make vaccines in India, he said "I, today, invite vaccine manufacture around the world — come, make vaccines in India," He emphasized India's successfully developing the world's first DNA vaccine and added that the vaccine can be administered to anyone above the age of 12. The mRNA vaccine is in its final stage of development. India's scientists are working on developing a nasal vaccine for the coronavirus.
The mRNA vaccine is in its final stage of development. India's scientists are working on developing a nasal vaccine for the coronavirus.PTI
PM Modi put a spotlight on how India managed the "second wave" and emerged as part of the solution for the pandemic. When faced with the second wave India launched a plan "Vaccine Maitri" to reach the capitals with fewer resources at the time when other developed countries obstinately kept their borders closed. This improved India's image worldwide for its goodwill. Highlighting the government's latest decision of resuming the export of vaccines to the under-resourced countries Pm Modi said, "Understanding its responsibility towards humanity, India has once again started giving the vaccine to the needy in the world."
Criticized Pakistan and China
PM Modi referred to the issue regarding the "origin of the Covid virus" aka China and the cancellation of the World Bank's "Ease of Doing Business Index", pointing towards China for lack of transparency in the global institutions. Turning towards Pakistan he argued, "...Countries with regressive thinking that are using terrorism as a political tool needs to understand that terrorism is an equally big threat for them. It has to be ensured that Afghanistan isn't used to spread terrorism or launch terror attacks..."
Protect our oceans
70% of the earth is water, oceans being a massive part of it. PM Modi added on making optimal use of oceans as a life resource. "Our oceans are also the lifeline of international trade. We must protect them from the race for expansion. The international community must speak in one voice to strengthen a rule-based world order," he added in his address at the 76th UNGA session.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke on the climate crisis, his speech can be seen as an effort based on evidence to transform India's image on an international platform for crisis management.
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