On Monday, the Red Cross called on states and donors to resume the supply of aid to state institutions in Afghanistan, despite political objections to the Taliban, and thus ease the “unbearable” humanitarian situation there.

TASR informs about it based on a Reuters report. The Islamist Taliban movement marked the first anniversary of its return to power on Monday with smaller-scale celebrations. The country is struggling with increasing poverty, drought and malnutrition, as a result of which more than half of the population is dependent on humanitarian aid.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is among the organizations providing aid even after donors abruptly halted funding to Afghanistan in response to the restoration of the Taliban government, which has been criticized for failing to respect women’s rights, among other things.

ICRC Director General Robert Mardini told Reuters that this suspension of support is not sustainable.

“Humanitarian organizations alone cannot replace public institutions in a country with 40 million inhabitants,” stated. “Our main message is to ask states and development agencies to return to Afghanistan and continue to support Afghans who are already exposed to an intolerable situation today.”

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