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UN: Afghanistan Remains Most Dangerous Place for Children, Women

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

un children womenThe United Nations reports humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan are deteriorating, warning children at great risk of dying at an early age from lack of health care and proper nutrition.

U.N. Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokesman Jens Laerke says 9.3 million people in Afghanistan will need humanitarian assistance this year. The world body has appealed for $550 million to support 5.6 million of the most vulnerable people.

“The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan today is deteriorating. We have a warning of another challenging year. We expect very high levels of conflicts and displacement and already this year, over 38,000 people have been newly displaced. In addition to that, we expect more returns of vulnerable families from Pakistan who will in fact not return to their home state but continue to be displaced inside Afghanistan. They return typically with very little, very few or assts at all and they really need our support,” said Jens Laerke.

Jens Laerke further added, “We are requesting for five hundred and fifty million US dollars, a little more than fifteen percent funded. With the top five donors are being United State, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark and Australia”.

In the meantime, UNICEF reports thousands of Afghan women die every year from largely preventable pregnancy-related causes. In 2015, it says more than one in every 18 Afghan children died before their first birthday.

UNICEF spokesman, Christophe Boulierac, calls malnutrition a silent emergency. He says more than 41 percent of Afghan children under age five are stunted, one of the highest rates in the world.

“Stunting, as you know, is a sign of chronic under nutrition during the most critical periods of growth and development in early life,” said Boulierac. “Children who suffer from stunting are more likely to contract diseases, less likely to access basic health care, and do not perform well in school.”

Indeed, Boulierac notes Afghanistan’s education system has been devastated by more than three decades of conflict. He says 3.5 million children do not go to school. An estimated 75 percent of them are girls.

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Stanikzai meets with Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Kabul

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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2024)

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met Sunday with Ilham Mohammadov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Afghanistan and said the Islamic Emirate wants good relations with the world, foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said in a statement.

Balkhi quoted the ambassador of Azerbaijan as saying he appreciates the efforts of the Islamic Emirate in the field of security, economic development, and the fight against drugs and added that Azerbaijan is ready to cooperate in the cultural, economic and commercial sectors with Afghanistan.

Stanikzai said in this meeting that the IEA, having a balanced and economic-based foreign policy, wants good relations with all countries and is also trying to improve the country’s economic situation.

This comes after Mohammadov submitted his ambassadorial credentials to acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi late last month.

According to Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry’s website, their parliament approved the opening of their embassy on December 30, 2020.

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Over 92,000 metric tons of goods transported via rail in past week: ARA

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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2024)

Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) announced in a statement on Sunday that 92,233 metric tons of goods was transported via railway lines in the country in the past week.

ARA said 75,698 tons was transported through Hairatan port, 5,054 tons via Aqina port, and 11,481 tons through Turghandi. This included oil and other goods and raw materials – that were imported and exported.

Of this, 2,247 tons of commercial goods were exported, most of which were oranges, potatoes, dried fruits and pomegranate juice, the statement read.

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Stanikzai laments poor reading habits among Afghans

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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2024)

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Sunday that the development of a country depends on reading, but reading habits in Afghanistan are very low.

Stanikzai made the remarks at a ceremony in Kabul to unveil books printed during the past 11 months.

“In Afghanistan, compared to other countries, people read very little. Maybe some people believe that there were many problems here, there was a war, the economy was weak and people are looking for bread and don’t have time to read, but these problems exist in other countries as well. If there is no war in other countries, there is poverty,” Stanikzai said.

He stated now that security is ensured in the country and there is no feudalism, youths should read under the shadow of the Islamic system, because without reading, success cannot be achieved.

“If youths become interested in reading and books, Allah willing, society will get rid of problems very soon. We Afghans have no equal on the battlefield. We have a lot of progress in this regard, and no one else has this honor. We should try to tell the world that with the takeover of the Islamic Emirate, there is peace and security in Afghanistan. There is no more war; there is no more feudalism; there is no more looting. There is an Islamic and Sharia system,” Stanikzai said.

He has also said that currently many books are imported from other countries, adding that scientific and research institutions and authors of the country should try to write books themselves.

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