UN calls meeting on Afghanistan in Geneva on September 13

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres convened a high-level conference on aid to Afghanistan in Geneva on September 13, his spokesman said on Friday. 

El país, bajo control de los talibanes después de 20 años de guerra, se enfrenta a una «inminente catástrofe humanitaria», advirtió Stephane Dujarric, destaca AFP.

«La conferencia abogará por un rápido aumento de la financiación para que las operaciones humanitarias que salvan vidas puedan continuar; y pedirá un acceso humanitario pleno y sin obstáculos para garantizar que los afganos sigan teniendo los servicios esenciales que necesitan», dijo en un comunicado. 

Dujarric llamó a proteger los avances en materia de desarrollo en el país, señalando que los derechos de la mujer son una parte «esencial» de la estabilidad futura de Afganistán. 

Even before the Taliban regained power in mid-August, Afghanistan was heavily dependent on foreign aid: 40% of the country's GDP came from foreign funds. 

The UN has warned that 18 million people in Afghanistan are facing a humanitarian disaster, and another 18 million could quickly join them. 

«Uno de cada tres afganos no sabe cuál será su próxima comida. Casi la mitad de todos los niños menores de cinco años se prevé que padecerán desnutrición aguda en los próximos 12 meses», advirtió Dujarric. 

The United States ended its war in Afghanistan on August 30, a fortnight after the fall of the Afghan government and Kabul passed into the hands of the Taliban.

Those days were marked by a frenzied Washington-led operation to evacuate Americans, foreigners and Afghans fleeing the new regime.

Since the withdrawal of US forces, the Taliban have been working with Qatar to make Kabul airport, crucial for getting aid, operational again. 

On Thursday, the UN said it had restarted humanitarian flights to parts of the country, from Pakistan's capital Islamabad, to Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, and Kandahar in the south. 

The country's flag carrier, Ariana Afghan Airlines, resumed domestic flights on Friday, while the United Arab Emirates sent a plane carrying medical and food aid.

 

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