Afghanistan is starving and the West is partly to blame
21 August 2022 | 12:49 pm
More than a million children are severely malnourished and half of Afghanistan's population is going hungry. The humanitarian catastrophe is being made worse by ongoing sanctions against the Taliban.
The Taliban has made face veils mandatory for all Afghan women appearing in public, including those on television. This edict was ignored by presenters on Saturday, but they relented a day later.
Since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan last year, international aid for the country has dried up. The pandemic and the ongoing food crisis have complicated an already dire economic situation. Unicef says that as more families are pushed deeper into poverty, they are forced to make desperate choices, such as putting children to work and marrying girls off at a young age. Our France 2 colleagues report.
Rising food and energy prices, shortages and uncertainty. Russia's war in Ukraine and its naval blockade of Ukrainian grain exports is creating a severe international crisis. DW's Thomas Sparrow explains what the West is doing to stop it.
Afghanistan is heading back to the pre-2001 dark days of the Taliban, and Western powers were naive if they ever thought this wouldn't be the case. That's the view of Heather Barr, associate women's rights director at Human Rights Watch. As women are told to cover their faces in public again and female television presenters are told to do the same, she spoke to us on Perspective about the how the Taliban are rolling back women's rights and what, if anything, the West can do about it. "Life has become a prison for most women and girls," she told us.
Senegal's President Macky Sall appeals to the West to ease sanctions on Russia to facilitate the export grain to Africa. Millions on the continent face hunger amid a global food crisis sparked by the Ukraine war. We talk to David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute about the crisis.Also in this edition: Sudan marks the three-year anniversary of the June 3rd massacre, and in Cameroon, refugees prepare to go back home to the Central African Republic.
Senegal's President Macky Sall appeals to the West to ease sanctions on Russia to facilitate the export of grain to Africa. Millions on the continent face hunger amid a global food crisis sparked by the Ukraine war. We talk to David Laborde, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. Also in this edition: Sudan marks the three-year anniversary of the June 3 massacre of pro-democracy protesters, and refugees in Cameroon prepare to return home to the Central African Republic.
According to the United Nations, some 23 million people are suffering from acute hunger n Afghanistan, including 10 million children who urgently need help in order to survive. Since the start of the year, humanitarian organisations have been able to help 8.2 million people by providing food assistance, including emergency food rations and supplements for breastfeeding mothers and their infants. But this aid is dwindling fast and the situation, which has continually worsened since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021, is reaching a critical stage. Our team reports from Herat, in north-western Afghanistan.
Markus Potzel will be the United Nations' new deputy representative to Afghanistan. Between 2014 and 2016 he was Germany's ambassador to Kabul.
An official said 1,000 people died after a magnitude 6 earthquake hit the mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan. The death toll is likely to rise as search efforts continue.
A large earthquake that struck Afghanistan Wednesday has killed hundreds of people. What caused it?
Albania, Serbia and North Macedonia have criticized the slow progress on their EU membership bids. With Ukraine on the fast track, Western Balkan leaders are meeting with their EU counterparts — but hold out little hope.
Rescue teams continue searching for survivors after Wednesday's deadly earthquake which killed at least 1,000 people. Afghanistan's leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, warned that the number of casualties could rise.
53 mins ago
Many children whose families have fled Ukraine to Germany are now attending German schools. An estimated 160,000 Ukrainian children has attended schools in Germany this year – an additional challenge for the country's education system.
53 mins ago
Inflation is a major concern in Germany, where the rate is currently at around 7.9%. Energy and food costs have risen sharply, and the winter months are approaching.
2 hours ago
US-trained software engineer Nelly Cheboi is transforming the lives of young Kenyans by training them to be the next generation of tech wizards! The 29-year-old recycles old computers and refurbishes them so kids can learn vital IT skills.
2 hours ago
A forensic pathologist and a priest are uncovering evidence of execution-style killings of people allegedly involved in the drugs trade. Exhuming remains and delivering accurate death documents, they have helped Filipino families to gather new evidence.
2 hours ago
An LNG terminal is planned for Wilhelmshaven in the hopes of making Germany independent of Russian gas. Speed is of the essence. Is it possible to complete this terminal in record time? We visited the official construction kickoff to find out.