Needs assessment in an IDP camp. IOM 2021/ Mohammed Muse

Over one year after the Taliban takeover, an estimated 24.4 million people – 59 per cent of the population in Afghanistan – are dependent on international aid and emergency relief in their day-to-day lives.

Since August 2021, nearly all Afghans have plunged into poverty and the country has been facing the risk of systemic collapse.

Khadiza watches her shelter burn. The fire in Camp 8E in 2021 left a trail of destruction and death. Photo: Yassin for NRC

The Rohingya crisis has reached a dangerous tipping point, with refugees potentially never returning home to Myanmar if international leaders fail to chart a way forward, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Secretary General Jan Egeland warned today.

“From what I’m seeing on the ground, the Rohingya refugee community in Bangladesh is almost at the point of no return; they must be helped out of displacement now or it will be too late.

Mother kissing her child in Gaza, Palestine.

The undersigned Members of the Finnish Parliament are deeply disturbed by the high numbers of civilians, in particular children, killed and injured in the latest escalation of violence in Gaza from 5-7 August 2022.

According to the UN Human Rights Office the ‘pre-emptive’ strikes by Israeli army in Gaza killed 48 Palestinians of whom 22 were civilians, including 17 children. Of 360 Palestinians reported injured, nearly two-thirds were civilians, including 151 children, 58 women and 19 older people.

Family in Balkh province, Afghanistan

In the year that has passed since the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan we have seen daily and continuous deterioration in the situation of Afghan women and girls. This has spanned every aspect of their human rights, from living standards to social and political status. It has been a year of increasing disrespect for their right to live free and equal lives, denying them opportunity to livelihoods, access to health care and education, and escape from situations of violence.

Kokogul remembers the recent flood which cost her everything, standing in her tent in Kabul’s slums. Photo: Ingebjørg Kårstad/Norwegian Refugee Council

Statement by Neil Turner, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Country Director, on the one-year mark of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan:

“We have witnessed shocking levels of poverty and suffering in Afghanistan over the past year. The economic restrictions imposed on the country and the unwillingness of both the de facto authorities and the international community to effectively engage with one another have pushed millions of Afghans into despair.

WorldCon 75, Scott Lynch; photo by Jana Blomqvist

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