The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that millions of Afghans are on the “verge of death,” where he said that “babies are being sold to feed their siblings.”
Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters, Guterres said the people in Afghanistan are burning their possessions to keep warm and livelihoods across the country have been lost.
Guterres urged the United States and the World Bank to unfreeze Afghan funds to prevent the nightmare unfolding in Afghanistan from getting worse.
“We must rapidly inject liquidity into the economy and avoid a meltdown that would lead to poverty, hunger and destitution for millions,” Guterres added.
Guterres said that more than half the population of Afghanistan now depends on life-saving assistance.
“This situation, without a more concerted effort from the international community, will mean that virtually every man, woman and child in Afghanistan could face acute poverty,” he added.
Guterres furthered that international funding should be allowed to pay the salaries of public-sector workers, and to help Afghan institutions deliver healthcare, education and other vital services.
“Without creative, flexible and constructive engagement by the international community, Afghanistan’s economic situation will only worsen. Despair and extremism will grow,” he added.
“We need to act now to prevent economic and social collapse and find ways to prevent further suffering for millions of Afghans,” Guterres said.
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