Women, children bearing brunt of crisis: UNHCR



The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) once again expressed concern over the current situation of women and children in Afghanistan.

The organization tweeted that women and children in Afghanistan are bearing the brunt of the country’s humanitarian crisis.

“Women and children in Afghanistan are bearing the brunt of the country’s humanitarian crisis. Millions have fled their homes and struggle to find adequate food and shelter.

Robust donor support is vital; women and girls and their communities must have access to life-saving aid,” UNHCR Asia Pacific tweeted.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that it continues to support global aid to Afghanistan.

Twenty-nine-year-old Yalda is the breadwinner of five sons and daughters.

Poverty and economic challenges made her to come to the streets of Kabul city. Yalda says her husband was a former army officer who was killed in a war in Helmand a year and a half ago.

“My children are very small. I have no food at home. Believe me, I can even go home with two or three pieces of bread for dinner. Some nights there is no bread. We sleep hungry with my children,” said Yalda, who belongs to a destitute family.

She adds that her only wish is to provide education for her children.

“My husband lost his life because of his homeland. They should help us and not let my children grow up here on the street. Do not let us young women work here on the streets and polish boots on the road,” said Yalda.

“Women who already have business plans–we support them with small loans, and women who are not employed, we can do this through career and internship programs with the help of the international community,” said Fahim Abbasi, an economist.

But the Islamic Emirate, in response to remarks by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Afghanistan, said they have plans to improve the country’s economic situation.

“Big projects have started and other projects will start soon. In the near future, our country’s economic cycle will be better and more opportunities for job creation will be provided in government departments, especially in the private sector,” said Inamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has previously expressed concern about the poor economic situation in the country, saying that millions are suffering from poverty and that millions more are on the brink of economic collapse in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has said that more than half of Afghanistan’s population was at risk of starvation.—Tolonews

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