For children in Afghanistan, it’s survival

A year after the Taliban took power, famine and violence broke out

Osnabrück, August 12, 2022 – On August 15, 2021, the Taliban will come to power in Afghanistan in 20 years. A year later, the country experienced a severe economic and humanitarian crisis: A mass famine occurred. Beat Wehrle, representative of the Terre des Hommes Council, said that for children in Afghanistan, it is survival.

“More than half of the estimated 40 million Afghans depend on humanitarian aid, including more than 10 million children.”

“Women’s rights to education, work and freedom of movement are severely limited and in many cases even eliminated,”

Wehrle said.

“A whole generation of girls won’t be able to finish their education. Women and girls, as well as journalists and human rights activists, are taking to the streets and continuing to protest. All are at risk of being bullied. arbitrary arrest”.

A nationwide amnesty has been announced for former government officials and members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. However, between August 15, 2021 and June 15, 2022, at least 160 former government and security officials were unlawfully executed by de facto officials.

Despite these human rights abuses, Terra believes that humanitarian aid and development cooperation should continue:

“The federal government must not forget the citizens of Afghanistan and must keep its promises,”

Beat Werle said. International and local NGOs with many years of experience in Afghanistan should be more supportive.

Terre des hommes Germany and partner organizations support project activities in 11 provinces of Afghanistan. This includes food and medical assistance, as well as vocational education and training programs.

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