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Humanitarian situation worsening in Afghanistan amid cold winter

Rahmatullah Baghban
Press TV, Kabul

Afghanistan is witnessing its coldest winter in 15 years, adding to the misery of millions who are already struggling with multiple crises.

Omar khan, a Kabul resident and a father of seven, lives in a cold shack. Two of his children are severely sick. Without a job and relief assistance, he has been unable to afford food, heating and medication for his family. The situation has triggered fears of human losses.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has put Afghanistan on its list of 11 crisis hotspots in 2023. The UN survey shows that two thirds of Afghanistan’s population – over 28 million people – need humanitarian aid.

Heads of households like Shah Gul say they can’t cope with the harsh winter alone.

This comes as major aid groups have suspended their missions following the Taliban’s ban on female workers. For many Afghans, the services provided by the NGOs were a lifeline that has been removed at the worst possible moment.

Afghanistan is grappling with economic, political, and human rights crises. Experts say the Taliban administration’s restrictive measures coupled with western sanctions are worsening the situation.

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