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Germany pledges 600 million euro in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: November 5, 2021)

Germany has pledged an additional 600 million euro to increase humanitarian assistance and provide funding for international organizations which support Afghans in need.

German Foreign Ministry said in a statement that this aid will directly benefit people via partner organizations such as the World Food Programme (WFP), and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

This comes as the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was critical even before the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) seized power, and the situation is continuing to deteriorate, the statement said.

According to the statement, more than half of the Afghan population, 22.8 million people, are at risk of starvation. Some 5.5 million Afghans are internally displaced, while almost as many have fled to neighboring countries or the region at large.

“The already weak economy has slumped further since the Taliban (IEA) took over power. Many people who used to be able to provide for themselves without any problems have lost their work, resulting in them and their families becoming dependent on assistance. At the same time, a severe drought is decimating the harvest yields,” the statement noted.

The statement noted that the German Government is providing this assistance mainly based on the needs calculated by the United Nations and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.

“The relief organizations can use this money to provide quick and efficient assistance for millions of people in need throughout the country.”

“Our partners ensure that the assistance is only used for humanitarian purposes and does not fall into the hands of the Taliban (IEA),” read the statement.

Meanwhile, Germany will also assist vulnerable Afghans in neighboring countries such as Iran and Pakistan.

“The World Food Programme (WFP), for instance, is helping people who had to leave their villages due to the hostilities or the ongoing severe drought and who have lost their livelihood as a result.”

“The WFP is making available food and heating fuel to these people or providing cash so that families can buy their own supplies. This also benefits the local economy, as people can once more buy basic necessities in the markets,” the statement added.

The UNHCR, with Germany’s help, has set up accommodation, sanitary facilities, and medical stations. Here the refugees, including many children, find shelter and receive medical care as well as essential supplies, the statement concluded.

 

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EU-Central Asia summit calls for inclusive government in Afghanistan

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Leaders of Central Asian countries and the EU chief met in Kyrgyzstan on Friday, where they discussed Afghanistan among other issues.

The meeting in Cholpon Ata was attended by the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, and a delegation from Turkmenistan.

On Afghanistan, the participants discussed common concerns over the deteriorating situation in the country and reaffirmed their commitment to see the country develop into a secure, peaceful, stable, prosperous country, according to a joint communique.

The leaders also recognised the efforts of the international community to assist the people of Afghanistan in a principled manner and in accordance with international law and universally recognized norms and principles, despite difficult circumstances.

Participants also called on the international community to step up humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and noted the key role of the UN in providing humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in a principled manner.

They underlined the importance of the establishment of an inclusive and representative government and the importance of promotion of and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Afghans citizens, in particular women, girls and ethnic groups.

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IEA special forces kill key Daesh commander in eastern Afghanistan

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The Islamic Emirate’s special forces in an operation on Wednesday killed a top Daesh commander along with his accomplice in eastern Nangarhar province, state-run Bakhtar news agency reported.

This Daesh commander’s name was reportedly “Turab”.

The operation was conducted on Wednesday evening in Wuch Tangi village of Shiwa district in eastern Nangarhar province, according to the provincial officials reported by Bakhtar news agency.

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30 Afghan students off to Kazakhstan to continue their studies

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The Ministry of Higher Education said on Thursday that 30 Afghan students will soon leave for Kazakhstan where they will continue their studies in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

At a meeting with the students held at the Ministry of Higher Education, Mufti Mohammad Tahir Ahmad, the deputy minister of student affairs, expressed his gratitude to Kazakhstan for awarding scholarships to Afghans and emphasized the need to strengthen relations with the countries in the scientific and academic sectors.

Ahmad said the students were ambassadors of their country and stated that: “Besides preserving your religious and national values, you must also respect the laws and culture of the host country. Pay more attention to your learning and knowledge.”

He added that: “The eyes of hope of the people and the system are fixed on you, so that after acquiring science and knowledge, you will play your part in the development of your country.”

Dr. Nazar Mohammad Irfan, the head of foreign relations and scholarship regulation of the Ministry of Higher Education, also addressed the students and said Kazakhstan was among the countries that stood by the people of Afghanistan in difficult times and continued their cooperation in various sectors, especially higher education.

He also asked the students to make the most of this opportunity and build their country with their own hands.

Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat, the academic vice president of Kabul University, spoke about the value of science and knowledge and the objectives of the Ministry of Higher Education in the area of education and training of young staff from the perspective of the holy religion of Islam and religious beliefs, and asked the students to make the basis and focus of all their activities on “Islamic belief”.

According to the ministry, 256 people took part in a scholarship selection exam, and 30 students were chosen. They will pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the fields of economics, computer science, law, physics, biology and chemistry.

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