Afghan parliamentarian Hajji Mohammad Mohad posted this photo on Facebook denouncing the starvation of 8 orphaned siblings – Facebook Hajji Mohammad Mohad
Afghanistan, hunger is already killing as, along with winter, the specter of unprecedented famine approaches. On Sunday in Kabul, “Save the Children” denounced, “eight brothers, 4 boys and 4 girls who had lost both parents, died of hunger. They were between 18 months and 8 years old ». A tragedy that Haji Mohammad Mohaqeq, an Afghan deputy, wanted to denounce by posting the photo of two inanimate bodies under a tarp. The children of the Dasht Barchi district of Kabul, says the deputy on his Facebook account, they were left to fend for themselves after the disappearance of their father from cancer while the mother, suffering from heart disease, has been hospitalized for some time. An “embarrassing and shameful” death which, concludes the deputy, “should have shaken the world”.
And, a few hours later, another tragedy dictated by desperation, this time in Herat: a baby girl, to save the family from famine, was sold by her parents for $ 500. The complaint is from the BBC which, through its correspondent Yogita Limaye, visited a hospital of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the city. The last lifeline for many mothers who have just given birth and who have nothing to eat, are the very rare health facilities. But outside Herat the situation is even more desperate: “My other children were starving, so I had to sell my daughter,” a young woman with a sighing voice says with her face covered in a black burqa and her eyes framed by the camera. “How can I not be sad? She is my daughter”, he concludes with a faint voice. Until a few months ago, her husband was a street cleaner, but now nothing comes home: “We are starving: at home now we have neither flour nor oil. We are starving”, whispers the man sitting on the ground in the his house.
In Afghanistan, more than 5 million children live on the brink of famine and “millions of young lives are at risk as the country is facing the worst food crisis ever”. After decades of wars and suffering, “every day we see small children in our clinics with severe levels of malnutrition because they eat nothing but bread crumbs. But when winter comes, we will see children hungrier than ever, ”he commented Chris Nyamandi responsabile di Save the Children.
The alarm was raised by the United Nations humanitarian agencies: 22.8 million people, including 14 million children, will live in an emergency denounces the latest report on food safety (Ipc) by FAO and World Food Program (Wfp) . Millions of Afghans, if there is no adequate intervention plan and the economy does not resume functioning, “will be forced to choose between migrating and starving,” he said. David Beasley, executive director of the WFP. Compared to April, there has been a 37% increase in the number of Afghans in acute hunger situations. Among those at risk, there are also 3.2 million children under the age of five.
And for the first time, food insecurity in cities has reached levels similar to those in rural areas. In September, according to the WFP, only 5% of Afghan families had enough food every day, while in October one million children risk dying of acute malnutrition without prompt intervention. While the UN is looking for resources, the Taliban also intervened for the food emergency: they will distribute 66 thousand tons of wheat to help the most disadvantaged families announced the Minister of Agriculture, Abdul Rahman Rashed. The distribution will start from the capital, to gradually extend to the remaining 33 provinces and in Kabul alone “it will create temporary jobs for 40,000 people,” assured Rasheed.
Meanwhile, on the diplomatic front, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on a 48-hour visit to Qatar, will meet a delegation from the Taliban provisional government of Afghanistan. On July 28, before the fall of Kabul, Minister Wang himself met a Taliban delegation in Tianjin. And Moscow has made it known that almost all the countries participating in the Moscow Conference (in addition to Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Iran, Pakistan, China, Turkmenistan, India, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan) are willing to consider the recognition of the new government of Kabul.