Afghanistan || Running Out Of Food Aid & Border Crossing To Pakistan And Iran
The United Nations is warning of the drying up of food aid for millions of Afghans in need.
The supplies that the World Food Program has in the country will be used up by the end of September
said the UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov. He stressed that humanitarian aid does not have the necessary financial resources from the member states — at least 200 million US dollars are urgently needed.
The United Nations estimates that more than 18 million people in Afghanistan need help — more than half of the total population. At the moment, however, only around nine million people could be reached. Half of all Afghan children under five show signs of malnutrition. In addition to the unclear political situation, there was a second drought in Afghanistan within four years.
Alakbarov reported that even after the militant Islamist Taliban came to power, aid deliveries to Afghanistan were still possible.
We were able to deliver 600 tons of food by truck across border crossings from Pakistan
Deliveries by air to Mazar-i-Sharif are also possible.
Afghans are pushing their way to the borders with Pakistan and Iran
After the end of the airlift from Afghanistan, many people dared to flee by land: Thousands of people crowded at the Islam Kala transition on the border with Iran alone, according to eyewitnesses from the Reuters news agency. At a border crossing to Pakistan not far from the Khyber Pass, a large number of people are waiting for the gates to be opened, said a Pakistani official.
A former US military official said that overland connections are risky but are currently the only way to escape. According to US military circles, the Taliban have set up additional checkpoints on the main roads to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The Taliban also forbid women from traveling without a male companion.
Tajikistan has promised to accept 100,000 refugees. According to reports from private evacuation missions, many Afghans are also drawn to Uzbekistan. The country has announced that it will allow US citizens and possibly other nationals to pass through. One such commitment Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) received during his visit to Uzbekistan on Monday. How many people both ex-Soviet republics have already allowed into the country is unclear, however.
According to information from diplomatic circles, Pakistan, where hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan have already found shelter, recently issued one-month transit visas for 2,000 Afghans. The people in Afghanistan had worked for foreign institutions and now feared sanctions by the Taliban, it said.
Qatar maintains good contacts with the Taliban
The Qatari government demanded guarantees from the Taliban that those in need of protection would leave the country safely. There must be freedom of movement for all people who want to leave or enter Afghanistan , said Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.
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The Arab Gulf emirate of Qatar maintains lively contacts with the Taliban. The Islamists also have their political office there, a kind of foreign ministry.
The Netherlands announced that it would move its diplomatic mission to Qatar. You are following the example of the USA and Great Britain. The Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in Doha that Afghanistan should not become a “base for terrorist organizations” again. Only a few countries such as Russia, China and Turkey currently operate their embassies in Kabul.
A high-ranking member of the Islamists has already rejected any possible involvement by former members of the government. “We are trying to form a government that is supported both internally and internationally,” said the deputy head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, Shir Mohammed Abbas Staneksai. “But of course the people who had ministries under their control for the past 20 years will not be part of the new government,” he told the BBC’s Pashtu-language broadcaster.
The Taliban displayed captured US military equipment in a parade. A long line of green Humvee all-terrain vehicles was waiting on a highway in front of the city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Islamist movement, according to a reporter for the AFP news agency. Many of the US-made vehicles had the white and black Taliban flag on their antennas.
Again battles with resistance fighters
Videos broadcast by the Taliban on the Internet showed a helicopter over the prepared parade, pulling a militia banner behind it. Numerous Islamist fighters cheered the helicopter.
In the past few days, at least one US military Black Hawk helicopter had been sighted over Kandahar. Since the Taliban did not yet have qualified pilots, it is assumed that someone from the former Afghan army controlled the device.
Meanwhile, according to the Taliban, resistance fighters fought again with the Islamists that night near the Punjir Valley. The Punjir province is the only one of the country’s 34 provinces that is not yet under Islamist control. Taliban spokesman Mujahid said that negotiations have so far not shown any “positive results”.
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