Two other NGOs suspend their activities in Afghanistan

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Two more NGOs suspend their activities in Afghanistan

Men wait in Kabul to receive food aid. According to the UN, half of the Afghan population will be in a situation of severe food insecurity this winter.

Two new NGOs, Christian Aid and ActionAid, announced on Monday that they would suspend their activities in Afghanistan after the Taliban banned women's work in the humanitarian sector, bringing to six the number of organizations having made a such an announcement.

ActionAid has taken the difficult decision to temporarily halt most of its programs in Afghanistan until the situation becomes clearer, the official announced. x27;NGO in a press release; she hopes to be able to reverse this measure as soon as possible.

Deploring the gradual erosion of women's rights in the country, the NGO, which works with 97 women in the country, denounced the devastating consequences of this decision by the Taliban.

Afghan female students can no longer study at university. (Archives)

Women are essential to any humanitarian aid operation, especially in Afghanistan where only women can interact with women.

For its part, Christian Aid indicated that it was quickly seeking clarification on this Taliban announcement and urges the authorities to reverse this ban, Ray Hasan, head of the NGO in this region of the world, said in a press release.

In the meantime, we are unfortunately interrupting the work of our programs, he said.

“Banning women from humanitarian work will only reduce our ability to help the growing number of people in need, and risks aggravating the terrible humanitarian crisis that women and girls face.

— Ray Hasan, Head of Christian Aid

In addition, this decision will deeply disrupt families who depend on the income of aid workers amid the severe economic crisis in Afghanistan, he continued.

The head of Christian Aid points out that millions of people are on the verge of starvation in the country, to the point that it has been reported that families are so desperate that they have been forced to sell their children to buy food.

On Sunday, three NGOs – Save the Children, the Norwegian Refugee Council and CARE International – jointly announced the suspension of their activities, before being joined by a fourth, the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Afghan Economy Ministry on Saturday ordered all non-governmental organizations to stop working with women or face having their operating license suspended.

After places of education, the Taliban now forbid NGOs to employ women. (Archives)

It was unclear whether the directive affected foreign female NGO staff.

The ministry has explained that he took this decision after receiving serious complaints about the non-respect of the wearing of the Islamic hijab imposed in the country.

According to the United Nations and the agencies help, more than half of the country's 38 million people need humanitarian assistance during the harsh winter.

Returned to power in August 2021, the Taliban banned women less than a week ago from attending public and private universities, for the same reasons. They had already excluded them from secondary schools.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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