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Afghanistan tops list of 7 countries where children were most in need in 2022

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The number of children needing humanitarian assistance rose more than 20% this year to 149 million, with Afghanistan then the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) most severely impacted, according to a Save the Children analysis of the top seven emergencies impacting children in 2022.

Afghanistan topped the list with an estimated 14 million children in need of aid in 2022, according to the analysis. This follows a year when conflict, the climate crisis, and economic devastation created a perfect storm of suffering for millions of children around the world, a statement by the organization said.

Afghanistan was closely followed by the DRC, which has an estimated 13.9 million children in need of humanitarian assistance. Despite having the largest overall number of people in need in 2022, the DRC’s humanitarian response has received less than half of the funding target set by the UN.

Ethiopia, Yemen, and Pakistan also featured on a list by Save the Children of the seven emergencies where the highest number of children were in critical need of essential services such as food, clean water, shelter, and mental health and psychosocial support.

Globally there are now more conflicts than at any time since the end of World War Two, and they all have a devastating impact on children’s lives, the organization stated.

Chris Nyamandi, Country Director of Save the Children Afghanistan, said: “Afghanistan has long been one of the worst places to be a child, but over the past year, the situation for children in the country has grown even more desperate.

“Children are going to bed hungry night after night. Millions are at risk of severe malnutrition and other life-threatening illnesses. Families are taking desperate measures to survive – sending their children to work or surviving on bread alone.

“It’s a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale the country has never seen before, and it’s only set to get worse with temperatures already dropping below freezing in many parts of the country and millions of children living without proper shelter or even a blanket to keep them warm. The fact it is the biggest humanitarian emergency in the world for children should move the international community from words to action,” he said.

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Iran Air starts flights to Kabul

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The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said Wednesday that Iran Air International Airlines has launched direct flights to Kabul for the first time.

The ministry said in a statement that Iran Air will have flights to Kabul once a week.

According to the statement, Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air, Mahan, Kish, and Yazd Airlines also have flights to Iran.

Earlier, Turkish Airlines also resumed its flights to Kabul.

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Qatar attends meeting on Afghanistan in Brussels

The envoy also affirmed that Qatar will continue these efforts through Doha’s hosting of meetings of special envoys concerned with Afghanistan that are called for by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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The State of Qatar participated in a meeting of senior officials on Afghanistan, which was held on Tuesday at the European Union (EU) headquarters in Brussels.

The State of Qatar’s delegation to the meeting was headed by Faisal bin Abdullah Al Henzab, the special envoy of the minister of foreign affairs.

In a speech at the meeting, Al Henzab underlined that Qatar has been making various efforts to support the aspirations of the Afghan people to achieve security and stability, noting that this is evident in the mediation efforts that culminated in the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement in February 2020.

The envoy also affirmed that Qatar will continue these efforts through Doha’s hosting of meetings of special envoys concerned with Afghanistan that are called for by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Al Henzab pointed out that the Doha platform provides an opportunity to move forward in implementing humanitarian programs and initiatives that provide aid, meet basic needs, and improve economic and social conditions for all Afghans.

The next Doha meeting is scheduled for later this month.

 

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Türkiye sends in more humanitarian aid to Herat earthquake victims

The series of earthquakes of 6.3 magnitude on October 7, 11, and 15 killed over 1,500 people and injured more than 2,600 people.

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The Turkish government has sent a large shipment of humanitarian aid to the victims of last year’s earthquakes in Herat province.

The Red Crescent Society of the Western Zone wrote in a newsletter that the 9th shipment of Turkish humanitarian aid, which is about 620 tons of food and non-food items, has arrived in Herat through Turghondi port.

Herat Red Crescent press office wrote that these shipments include flour, tents, blankets, wheelchairs, health packages and essential household items.

These aid shipments have been delivered to the Red Crescent Society of the Western Zone, which will then distribute to the earthquake victims in the coming days.

The series of earthquakes of 6.3 magnitude on October 7, 11, and 15 killed over 1,500 people and injured more than 2,600 people.

The assessment, with UNDP as the technical lead, covered nine districts with roughly 2.2 million people.

The earthquakes damaged 49,578 houses, with 13,516 being completely destroyed.

It revealed that over 275,000 individuals were affected. Among these were 17,358 pregnant women, 17,146 infants, 3,976 people with severe disabilities, 3,207 elderly families, 6,806 women-led households, 3,176 individuals with chronic illnesses, and 147,000 children under 18.

Herat, Injil, and Zindajan districts were the hardest hit, with rural and vulnerable communities suffering the most.

 

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