World wonders how to aid Afghans without recognizing Taliban
06 September 2021 | 3:01 pm
As the United Nations resumes flying humanitarian supplies to parts of Afghanistan, the EU and other countries are debating how to increase aid to Afghans without lending credibility to the Taliban.
We bring you a special programme on one of the worst natural disasters to hit the Middle East in decades. Thousands have been killed after two massive earthquakes struck south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday.
There are ways to get aid into earthquake-impacted areas in northern Syria and save lives. However various political positions taken by both Turkey and Syria may prevent this.
The White Helmets rescue group spoke out against what it said was the UN allowing the Syrian president to make decisions over aid deliveries.
The UN appealed that the $5.6 billion could reach 15.3 million Ukrainians in most pressing need this year. Meanwhile, fighting continues in the east of Ukraine.
The UN is seeking to help provide food, water and shelter for millions of people affected by earthquakes. The death toll in Turkey and Syria continues to rise.
It has taken longer for humanitarian aid to reach earthquake victims in northern Syria than almost anywhere else. Those people who dug through rubble with bare hands and lost loved ones want to know why.
US Secretary of State Blinken has promised Turkey extra aid following a recent devastating earthquake. But his visit also comes amid the thorny issue of NATO's expansion to Finland and Sweden, which Turkey is blocking.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Berlin would increase aid by over €22 million. Meanwhile, the UN reports almost 9 million people have been affected by the disaster in Syria. Follow DW for the latest.
The UN solicited funds from wealthy nations to run aid operations in the war-ravaged country. With funding down and prices soaring, operations are reduced and millions are going hungry.
A controversial prisoner swap deal with Iran could go ahead under a Belgian court ruling. But the conditions attached mean the future of a Belgian aid worker remains unclear.
The European Union says it will soon deliver aid to people in need in the Democratic Republic of Congo's conflict-stricken North Kivu province.
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