G20 summit seeks to prevent “humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan – World

The G20 extraordinary meeting on Afghanistan, taking place this Tuesday virtually, under the Italian presidency, aims to find ways to avoid the “humanitarian catastrophe” at a time when one million children in the country are suffering from hunger.

According to UNICEF, “one million Afghan children suffer from malnutrition and could die.”

“The situation in the country is really serious (…) the health system is crumbling, there is a lack of teams, medicines, personnel and resources”, said Andrea Iacomini, spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) , in Italy.

Among other objectives, the summit intends to reach an agreement to allocate funds to the country, but “avoiding the Taliban regime”.

Representatives from the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and members representing the neighboring countries of Afghanistan were invited to the meeting, which takes place remotely.

“There are a million children who suffer from acute malnutrition and are at risk of death due to the current situation. We must act quickly, not in months or years but in days or we will have to face a humanitarian catastrophe,” said Iacomini , in a statement released this Tuesday.

At the same time there is a “severe drought and the return of epidemics such as measles. More than 14 million people face food insecurity and 95% of families do not consume enough food because adults eat less to be able to feed their children”.

The summit is an initiative of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi who, on September 29, said that it is the “duty of the richest countries to act to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan.

The war in the country raged for 20 years with the Taliban regaining power after the negotiated withdrawal of US forces last August.

Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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