The Taliban, an Islamic extremist movement that dominates Afghanistan, is seeking help from the international community after yesterday’s devastating earthquake. UN assistance is already underway. Other international organizations and countries are ready.

According to the Taliban, at least 1,000 people were killed in the quake yesterday. At least 1,500 people were injured. De taliban, die sinds augustus vorig jaar aan de macht zijn in Afghanistan, vragen de internationale gemeenschap om hulp. De Afghaanse overheid beschikt zelf niet over de financiële middelen om de noodlijdende bevolking in zulke extreme

Verschillende landen en internationale organisaties hebben al hulp beloofd of houden zich klaar om hulp te sturen. UN chiefs say aid workers, medicines, food and emergency shelters are heading to the worst-damaged areas. De VN is een van de weinige organisaties die na de machtsovername door de taliban actief is gebleven in Afghanistan.

The European Union and Japan are also ready to send aid. And South Korea promises $ 1 million in humanitarian aid. The United States said it had not yet received an application from the Taliban. Het Amerikaanse ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken verwacht dat er de komende dagen overleg zal zijn tussen de taliban en de VS over mogelijke Amerikaanse humanitaire hulp.

The quake struck a country that was already in a serious and dire situation. Since the withdrawal of international troops and the takeover of the Taliban, millions of people have been at risk of increasing hunger and poverty. The healthcare system is under great pressure. Afghanistan staat ook in de top 15 van de zwaarst getroffen landen met ernstige ondervoede jonge kinderen.

The magnitude of the earthquake ranged from 5.9 to 6.1, depending on the epicenter. The number of dead and injured may increase further in the coming days. The Taliban admits that communication with the affected areas is extremely difficult. Er wordt ook vermoed dat verschillende mensen nog onder het puin van huizen of andere gebouwen liggen. Some people dig.

Source: vrt

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