The UN issued a global warning to all its member states that two thirds of Afghans are facing severe hunger and in urgent need of aid, with six million facing the risk of famine.
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As Afghanistan faces its worst winter in 15 years, with minus 29 degrees in some areas, more than a hundred people are known to have been killed so far, including children.
Omar Abid, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s agency UNICEF, told ITV News: “Afghanistan is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and we need to be supportive of it.”
“We ask the international community not to forget the women and children of Afghanistan.
"The humanitarian needs are so huge, there are 28 million Afghans that need assistance, 21 million of them women and children. If they don’t get support, they will end up in a very bad and catastrophic situation.”
US President Joe Biden indicated to US Congress he is extending the executive order for the "national emergency with respect to the widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the potential for a deepening economic collapse in Afghanistan."
The Islamic Emirate called on Washington to not politicalize the issue of Afghanistan’s assets and to immediately release them.
"The foreign reserves or the assets of Afghanistan, which are frozen by the US, is the property of the people of Afghanistan and should not be politicalized. We want them to release the assets that they have frozen and not to waste the trust of the people of Afghanistan. The call for its extension is unnecessary. It is better that the officials take actions," Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said.
"I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 14064 with respect to the widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the potential for a deepening economic collapse in Afghanistan," Biden said in the letter. ■