Humanitarian work and influential ego

The Afghan Acting Minister for Refugees and Repatriation had urged the international community not to link political issues with humanitarian work in a crisis-hit nation. According to the details, the Vice President of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) visited Kabul and discussed the ongoing charity work of his organization with the Afghan authorities. As said the Afghan leader told the foreign missionary that the Afghan government was ready to cooperate with NGOs in the distribution of aid, but the aid delivery should not be subject to conditions, whereas religious issues, culture, and traditions of the people should be respected.

The people of Afghanistan have been suffering from a lack of livelihood and resources, famine, and multiple health issues amid freezing weather conditions over the past months. The United Nations and International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs) had been engaged in humanitarian work to help reduce the miseries of the Afghan nation that had increased after the Taliban’s takeover of the country. Recently, various foreign charity organizations announced a pause in their operations in Afghanistan after the interim government imposed a ban on girls’ higher education and women’s employment in multiple sectors including media and INGOs while declaring it in-Islamic and inconsistent with Afghan culture and traditions.

The ongoing dispute between Afghan rulers and foreign charity organizations has increased economic woes for the Afghans, so far Afghan authorities are stressing the INGOs to understand the sensitivities attach to tribal culture and traditions while humanitarian workers are of the view that women play an important part in the accomplishment of their charity work in the role of a lady doctor, teachers, nutrition experts, team leaders, community health workers, vaccinators, nurses, doctors, and have access to populations that male employees cannot reach. The INGOs are actively advocating that women’s participation in aid delivery is unavoidable and nonnegotiable because the absence of female staff can seriously undermine the social and humanitarian activities of certain organizations. To date, both sides strictly withheld their positions as the ego is more important to the influential, however, poor Afghans would be the great sufferers of this disagreement.