The UN has Warned of an Increasing Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan
OREANDA-NEWS. The humanitarian crisis will worsen in Afghanistan after the evacuation from Kabul, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warned in a statement issued on Monday, August 30. He called on the leaders of the countries of the world not to close the borders for refugees from Afghanistan and to share the «humanitarian responsibility» with Iran and Pakistan, where 2.2 million Afghans already live.
«The air bridges from Kabul will stop in a matter of days, and the tragedy that has occurred will no longer be so visible. But this will still be a daily reality for millions of Afghans», Grandi said. He called on the world community «not to turn away» from the situation in Afghanistan.
On August 27, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees announced that by the end of this year, up to half a million residents of Afghanistan will be able to flee the country abroad. «This is the worst case scenario», said Kelly Clements, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. According to her, at the moment «there is not a large outflow of Afghans, but the situation inside the country is developing faster than anyone expected». The organization appealed to all the neighboring States of Afghanistan to keep it's borders open for all residents of this country who will seek protection.
On the evening of August 26, two terrorist attacks were carried out near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, from where Afghans and foreign citizens were evacuated after the radical Islamist movement «Taliban» seized power in Afghanistan. More than 200 people were killed, including 13 US servicemen.