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UNICEF calls for measures to safeguard children’s rights

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KABUL (SW) – The UNICEF has underlined the need of care for scores of vulnerable children in Afghanistan in the wake of recent upheavals.

Against a backdrop of conflict and insecurity, children are living in communities that are running out of water because of drought, it said.

They’re missing out on life-saving vaccines. An estimated 3.2 million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of 2021. Many of these children are so malnourished they lie in hospital beds, too weak to grasp an outstretched finger, it added.

Millions of children continue to need essential services, including primary healthcare, lifesaving vaccines against polio and measles, nutrition, education, protection, shelter, water and sanitation. UNICEF therefore requires urgent funding to ensure the country’s health systems don’t collapse

But, Ahmadullah Wasiq, a member of the cultural commission and one of the deputy spokesmen for the Islamic Emirate, told Salam Watandar that efforts were being made to solve the country’s economic problems and that aid packages would soon be distributed to those in need.

“The Afghan government is trying to take the problems seriously and work to solve them,” he added. “The Islamic Emirate has called on a number of countries to work for the release of the country’s blocked money and return it to the Afghan people.”

This is not the first time that international organizations have expressed concerns about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The World Food Program reports that 60 percent of Afghanistan’s population is starving.

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