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The Red Cross warns that aid groups are not enough to stop the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

14-year-old Eftekhar sells a bag filled with collected PET bottles while walking in a playground in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 22, 2021. REUTERS / Zohra Bensemra

October 22, 2021

Alexander Cornwell

Dubai (Reuters) -Friday’s Red Cross urged the international community to work with the new Taliban ruler in Afghanistan, saying aid groups alone cannot stop the humanitarian crisis.

Afghanistan was in jeopardy with the sudden end of billions of dollars in foreign aid following the collapse of the Western-backed government and the return of power by the Taliban in August.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has since strengthened its domestic efforts, while other organizations have also strengthened, said Secretary-General Robert Mardini.

But he told Reuters that support from the international community, which has taken a cautious approach to the Taliban, is important for providing basic services.

“Humanitarian organizations that are working together can do just that. They can come up with temporary solutions.”

The United Nations announced on Thursday that it has set up a fund at https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/un-sets-up-trust-fund-peoples-economy-afghanistan-2021-10-21. Providing cash directly to Afghanistan, Mardini said he would resolve the issue for three months.

“Afghanistan is a compound crisis that is getting worse day by day,” he said, citing decades of conflict compounded by climate change and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maldini said 30% of Afghanistan’s 39 million population is facing severe malnutrition and 18 million people in the country need humanitarian assistance or protection.

The Taliban expelled many foreign aid groups when they last came to power between 1996 and 2001, but this time they welcomed foreign donors and said they would protect the rights of their staff.

However, hard-line Islamists have faced criticism that they failed to protect their rights, including access to girls’ education, and said aid should not be tied to conditions.

“Humanitarian organizations cannot compensate or replace the country’s economy,” Maldini said.

(Report by Alexander Cornwell, edited by Angus MacSwan)



The Red Cross warns that aid groups are not enough to stop the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

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