Afghans base their hope on good governance to change difficult situation
An Afghan child plays in a camp for internally displaced people in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of Balkh province, Afghanistan, September 16, 2021.Photo:Xinhua
The continued rise in poverty and unemployment has led to calls on the interim Taliban government to take decisive action to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in post-war Afghanistan.
“The Taliban have declared the war over. More than 40 days after the Taliban took control of Kabul, there has still been no positive change in the living conditions of the population. We have good security, but we are concerned about the deterioration of living conditions in both urban and rural areas, ”Mohammad Khan, a resident of Kabul, told Xinhua on Tuesday.
“Good governance is the key to winning people’s hearts and minds. It is a key to changing the current difficult situation,” he said.
Members of the Afghan Taliban stand guard at a security checkpoint in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, September 15, 2021.Photo:Xinhua
On September 7, the Taliban announced the formation of an interim government, and Taliban ministers quickly took office without taking the oath ceremony. However, the attendance of state employees is still low in the ministries and general directorates of the state.
“I want the Taliban ministers to do their best to run the government offices. People have had difficulty obtaining identity cards and passports because the relevant departments are not functioning,” candidate Salim told Xinhua. Nawabi in front of an office of the Ministry of the Interior.
“The security situation has remained calm but security is not the only problem; we need public services. People are concerned about the financial and economic situation, health, education and livelihoods. Most banks are open but with limited cash payments, including employee salaries, ”he said.
An Afghan vendor sells food to consumers in Kandahar city, southern Afghanistan, September 14, 2021.Photo:Xinhua
Struggling to obtain passports for his family and having visited the relevant department on several occasions, Nawabi said passport officials regularly promised applicants to start operations, but the issuance of passports is still on hold.
Some 18 million of Afghanistan’s 30 million people depend on emergency aid, and the needs continue to increase, UN officials say.
They said basic services in Afghanistan were collapsing and food and other vital aids were on the verge of running out.
On Monday, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Foreign Minister in the newly formed administration, met with Deborah Lyons, United Nations Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Kabul, to discuss various issues, including the situation of women, UNAMA confirmed.
Afghans are seen in a camp for internally displaced people in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of Balkh province, Afghanistan, September 16, 2021.Photo:Xinhua
“Meeting at the Foreign Ministry, the UN envoy discussed with Mr. Muttaqi the humanitarian crisis, the UN’s work in the country and the critical need for all Afghans, men and women, to address the humanitarian and development challenges facing the country, “UNAMA wrote on Twitter.
Muttaqi assured on behalf of the Taliban that the safety and security of all UN personnel in Afghanistan would be respected “so that the organization’s 1,000 employees in the country can continue their work in various sectors, including ‘speeding up the delivery of humanitarian aid “.
“The Taliban should help UN agencies and other international aid agencies to resume their activities,” said Ahmad Fahim, a resident.
He said that a country of 30 million people needs not only security, but also rights, water, food, jobs, transport, roads and public services.
The Taliban should listen to the voices of the people on their legitimate demands, he said.
Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on countries that have pledged US $ 1.2 billion in aid to Afghanistan to act quickly.
In addition, the Taliban authorities are committed to ensuring that aid reaches those in need in a transparent manner.