Help save Afghans

The cry for humanitarian aid for Afghanistan is being heard

In a welcome development, the United States came up with a lion’s share of $308 million to the devastated nation-state, and also poured in one million Covid-19 vaccines

This comes close on the heels of a SOS call from the United Nations and other aid agencies calling for aid to the tune of $5 billion to provide succor to more than 25 million hapless people in a chilling winter

Washington’s latest contribution is on top of $474 million it promised for refugees’ rehabilitation

While 5

7 million people are languishing on various frontiers in a stateless manner, it is incumbent that the funds are genuinely flown down the stream, and the lot of the deprived is looked after

International aid agencies are doing a commendable job in providing basic amenities of life, and ensuring that two square meals are made available

Likewise, health and warm clothing are other pressing issues that demand a formal infrastructure to dispense with

The collapse of administration in the wake of a hasty exit of the US troops has left a big vacuum, and has thrown open an ensuing human catastrophe

Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops faced the same scenario of ‘general winter’ and were routed

So is the case with the dispossessed 40 million Afghans, devoid of essential necessities

To further compound the situation is the pandemic onslaught, which is hampering accessibility, too

Afghanistan is in need of a global Marshall Plan not only to sail through these pressing times, but also to rebuild the war-shattered nation

Pakistan’s convening of an Extraordinary OIC foreign ministers session was an attempt to highlight this plight

Efforts to address the exigency should be apolitical in essence, and the crisscross of power dynamics left for another day

This is why the US, China and Russia being on one page is a good omen, and choreographs well for a synchronised approach of conflict resolution

All said and done, the funds generation is yet another piecemeal measure, and what is instantly needed is unfreezing of Afghan assets to the tune of $9

5 billion to enable the impoverished country to stand on its feet

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2022

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Date:15-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link