January 27, 2023

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Drought threatens 14 million Afghans

Drought threatens 14 million Afghans

We will be there for the big economic commitments, because what Canadians expect is to continue the fight for a better Afghanistan and to stay there for the Afghans who are fleeing for a better Afghanistan for a better life., He announced.

According to the World Food Program (PAM), Afghanistan is at risk of a humanitarian catastrophe if the United Nations fails to raise US $ 200 million (CA $ 253 million) by September.

Without this budget, the WFP will run out of food aid to Afghanistan next month.

If Justin Trudeau says he is ready to provide humanitarian aid, he wants to make sure the Taliban is in control. We are not indirectly helping them with Canadian dollars.

Effective help?

Last January, a federal evaluation gave mixed ratings to Canada’s nearly $ 1 billion in development assistance to Afghanistan in the six years since the complete withdrawal of forces. Canadians in the country in 2014.

The review found that Global Affairs Canada was not adopting Global Affairs Canada as it began controlling Taliban areas between 2017 and 2020. Last November, Canada received $ 270 million in aid over three years.

All costs were provided by international organizations and were not paid directly to any Afghan government. The money will be used to fund projects directly through the International Trust Fund, which is managed by the World Bank, and through Canadian NGOs, their international rivals and other multilateral groups.

Human rights violations?

The World Bank said on Tuesday that it had stopped providing aid to Afghanistan after the Taliban came to power Means to be engaged […] Continue to support the Afghan people.

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We stopped making payments [de financements] As part of our operations in Afghanistan and we are closely monitoring and assessing the situationA spokesman told AFP. We are deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the country’s development opportunities, especially on women., She added.

In Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said she had received credible information about serious human rights violations committed by the Taliban, including summary executions of Afghan civilians and members of the Afghan security forces.

Missing from next month

Regardless, the WFP predicts that Afghanistan will run out of food aid next month if the United Nations does not raise this new amount.

The people of Afghanistan need help nowWFP Executive Director David Beasley said the number of people in need of WFP assistance would double if there was an international community. Turn your back To the Afghans.

On February 3, 2021, a young Afghan man ate an apple at a camp for internally displaced persons on the outskirts of Kabul.

Photo: Reuters / Omar Shobhani

He also said that the Taliban had assured the WFP of continuing to help the people concerned.

They have been cooperating so far. They have empowered our independence, neutrality and impartiality, He added.

Regarding all G7 leaders, they said on Tuesday that they would support the United Nations in coordinating the humanitarian assistance needed by the country.

With information from Reuters and Law Canadian Press