“Eight little brothers who died of starvation in a house in Kabul”

Eight children aged between one and a half and eight years were found dead on the outskirts of Kabul. This is told by Mohammad Bamiani, a local mullah. The eight, four males and four females, would have died three weeks ago, but the dramatic discovery was made a few days ago. “They had no one, their parents were both deceased and they had no close relatives.” Bamiani himself said he found the corpses of the children, huddled with hunger, entering their home in a neighborhood in the 13th district of Kabul. The father was allegedly killed by cancer, the mother by heart disease.

The news was published in some local newspapers. The Taliban did not comment.

World Food Program and Unicef ​​have launched a red alert: without immediate international intervention, a million Afghan children risk dying of malnutrition. According to the latest report commissioned by the United Nations, more than half of the Afghan population is severely undernourished and as of November – if substantial humanitarian aid does not arrive immediately – 23 million people will face the worst food crisis on the planet in the last decade.

Afghanistan is facing the worst food crisis ever

Afghanistan is facing the worst food crisis ever. More than 5 million children in the country are on the brink of famine and millions of young lives are at risk. According to United Nations data, Afghan children are suffering from hunger more every day and people who reach crisis or emergency levels of hunger will increase by 35% compared to the same period last year.

The combined impact of drought, conflict and economic collapse has led many families to a critical situation that forces them to resort to drastic mixtures in order to survive, selling what little they have left to buy food, sending their children to work or having to settle. of bread only. After rising prices, the cost of food products such as oil, wheat and rice increased by 55% last year, remaining out of reach for many families living with next to nothing after being displaced from their homes or losing their homes. work.

Rampant unemployment and the liquidity crisis will cause dramatic levels of food insecurity even in urban centers. The UN will have to mobilize unprecedented resources, but its intervention plan is only covered for a third. To accomplish the goal, the WFP could ask the international community up to 190 million euros per month. Due to the worsening drought, the FAO is looking for another 10 million euros in urgent funding and 170 million for the 2022 agricultural season. The concern is such that the European Union has decided that it will reopen a diplomatic representation within a month. in Afghanistan, without however recognizing the Taliban government: it will serve to put pressure on respect for human rights and prevent humanitarian catastrophe.

The delivery of international aid that many Afghans have relied on over the past two decades has largely been halted since the Taliban took power in August.

The Taliban’s plan: “Wheat for work”

On 24 October, the Taliban-led government launched a program to fight hunger by offering grain to thousands of people in exchange for work. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the scheme will be implemented in the main cities and towns of Afghanistan and involves the use of 40,000 men in Kabul alone.

Calling the plan “an important step to fight unemployment,” Mujahid said grain beneficiaries should “work hard” digging water channels and snow catching terraces in the hills to combat drought.

The Taliban spokesman said the “food for work” program will target those who are currently unemployed and are at greatest risk of starvation during the coming winter.

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