IFRC highlights Afghan challenges in report

KABUL (TOLOnews): The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in a recent report highlighted Afghanistan’s economic, humanitarian and climate crisis.
The report said that there are five main drivers of humanitarian need whose impact will continue to be felt for the next six months and beyond, which include persistent severe drought and climate shocks, food insecurity, economic shocks; constrained access to services, and protection concerns.
“Effects of the 2021/2022 drought continue to increase as conditions persist nationwide. Another La Nina means the drought may persist into 2023, causing further suffering in communities that are already struggling,” the report reads. This comes as some poor families expressed concerns over the coming winter, saying that they are not economically well-supported to purchase heating materials.
TOLOnews reached out to a family in Kabul that is suffering from the severe humanitarian crisis.
Fareshta, who is a widow, said that her brother is suffering from a serious disease but they do not have the money to treat him. She said that one of her sons works as a street laborer.
“The winter is coming. We don’t have wood, food or anything. I am sick and my feet hurt,” she said.
“I am jobless and I continue my life like that. When we have breakfast, we are worried about lunch and when we have lunch, we are worried about dinner,” said Mohibullah, a resident of Kabul.
“The World should reconsider its policies towards Afghanistan. If the economic sanctions are lifted, the private sector will be able to continue activities with open hands,” said Sakhi Ahmad Paiman, deputy head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Industry and Mines. “To overcome this situation, there is a need for a serious and inclusive economic program,” said Meer Meer Shikib, an economist.