Afghanistan vulnerable to hunger, illness after Taliban takeover: WHO raises alarm

Afghanistan vulnerable to hunger, illness after Taliban takeover: WHO raises alarm


Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. (Murad Sezer / REUTERS)
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Afghanistan vulnerable to hunger, illness after Taliban takeover: WHO raises alarm

The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, has also called for “continuous support” to ensure necessary humanitarian assistance in the country and expressed its concern regarding the “prevailing humanitarian needs within Afghanistan”.
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2021 07:02 AM IST

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has triggered a series of humanitarian crises across the country, not the least of which is a worsening healthcare situation. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday issued a statement raising an alarm over the healthcare situation in Afghanistan, where conflict had left countless people vulnerable to hunger and illnesses. According to the public health body’s estimates, around half of Afghanistan’s population, which includes more than four million women and nearly 10 million children, are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, has also called for “continuous support” to ensure necessary humanitarian assistance in the country and expressed its concern regarding the “prevailing humanitarian needs within Afghanistan”. In a statement issued on Friday, the UN agency said the situation on the ground across the country remains extremely fluid.

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