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UN warns Afghanistan on brink of collapse

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KABUL: A UN-led agency has warned that Afghanistan is on the brink of collapse as humanitarian situation is dire and could get much worse ahead of winter.

Yasmine Sherif, the Director of Education Cannot Wait, an UN-led initiative said on Wednesday in Islamabad that more than half of Afghanistan’s population doesn’t know where their next meal will be because of severe food insecurity, and the economic crisis in the country is so severe that teachers in the country are not being paid a salary.

“I’m very serious about that,” she said, “about 20 years of development gains that we have made are bound to be lost if you don’t take any action.”

As the country has been ruled by the Taliban for almost two months, Sherif is making an appeal to the world to help Afghan people: “We need at least $1 billion being invested into the education sector to ensure that girls and boys can attend quality education in the continuous from primary to secondary school.”

Sherif took part in a United Nations mission to assess the situation on the ground. She met with UN representatives in Afghanistan, civil society organizations as well as and the de facto authorities there, the Taliban. “We are apolitical in the focus of the people in Afghanistan,” she explained, “Afghanistan was already suffering harshly in crisis and a severe crisis due to COVID-19.”

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