There will be no vaccinations, there will be hunger and two waves of refugees. Taliban test
Humanitarian organizations supplied Afghanistan with food, drugs, medical equipment, and even chlorine for water purification. Almost half of the country’s inhabitants benefited from their support. – The first big test for the new government appointed by the Taliban will be whether they will let in and provide help to those in need without racketeering and other “taxes” – Wojciech Wilk from the Polish Center for International Aid writes for tvn24.pl. Aid which, in his opinion, without the political interest of NATO countries, will decrease.
According to Wilk, the lack of financing of humanitarian aid or its reduction will first hit the health care system, especially in hospitals, where treatment is the most expensive. Medical assistance to women will also suffer, especially during pregnancy and childbirth, as the Taliban prohibits male treatment of women and very few female doctors. Vaccination for children will be a question – already three years ago, the Taliban banned polio vaccines.
According to the expert, it is – next to women – that children and young people will be the most losers in this situation. – We should prepare for two waves of refugees – assesses Wilk and indicates how these routes will go. He also expresses the hope that “the discourse on whether to help the Afghans will not come down (in Poland) to whether to accept them in Warsaw’s Bielany or in Sopot and who will pay for it”.
20 years of the war in Afghanistan claimed over 170,000 people. victims: over 47 thousand killed civilians, almost 110 thousand. Afghan soldiers and rebels killed, but also over 3.5 thousand. soldiers of the USA and other NATO countries killed. The victims of this war also include 444 humanitarian workers and 72 journalists. In addition, hundreds of thousands of wounded and permanently maimed
This year alone, almost 16 million Afghans (42% of the country’s population) needed humanitarian aid. There are 156 organizations that provide humanitarian aid, with funding of nearly $ 600 million a year. The countries that subsidize humanitarian aid for Afghanistan are primarily the USA and Great Britain, as well as the European Commission. In 2020, NATO countries financed 2/3 of humanitarian aid for Afghanistan. Adding funds from the European Commission, the West finances 75 percent. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.
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