U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in an address on Thursday that people in Afghanistan are “selling their children and their body parts” to provide for their families amid the country’s near economic collapse.
“Without immediate action, we face a starvation and malnutrition crisis in Afghanistan,” he said in remarks delivered in New York.
The need for humanitarian aid has tripled since June — just before the takeover — and is increasing “day by day and month by month,’ he said.
The United Nations warned in September that millions of Afghans were at risk of starvation after Kabul was overtaken by the Taliban in August, the United Nations had warned that 97 percent of people in the country could be living below the poverty line by mid-2022.
Earlier this month, Taliban leaders in Afghanistan closed secondary schools to girls, alleging that they would reopen when there is a plan in place that is compliant with Islamic law.