Editorial: Helping hand

Expressing concerns over the starvation level in Afghanistan, the World Food Programme has said the organisation needs up to USD 2.6 billion to provide food to Afghan people.

Nearly 23 million people in Afghanistan are starving due to the worst drought in decades, a surge in food prices and the political condition of the country.

People have run out of vegetables, meat, and dairy at a time when malnutrition is on the rise that hardly affects children under 5 and pregnant women. Families are resorting to selling their home items in order to feed family members.

A top official of the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has urged the world to help the war-torn country amidst an ongoing humanitarian crisis without considering the nation’s political issues.

Since earlier this week, heavy snowfall and rainfall have lashed the country, making the situation even worse for the people in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian organisations have repeatedly warned of a severe crisis amid the cold winter in Afghanistan. The UN earlier said that it has collected $1.5 billion to tackle the Afghan crisis.

Meanwhile, India on Friday sent a large consignment of medicines to Afghanistan. The humanitarian assistance consisting of two tons of ‘essential life saving’ medicines was handed over to the Indira Gandhi Children Hospital in Kabul.


NT Bureau