Conditions in Afghanistan did not go “badly wrong” when the Taliban took control in the wake of the west’s withdrawal but have since become “steadily worse,” UNICEF’s Samantha Mort says.
“It’s a very tough place to be a child in Afghanistan right now,” she told Sky News Australia.
“We’re experiencing the worst drought for decades, there’s a chronic malnutrition crisis – 3 million are at risk of acute malnutrition, 1 million at risk of severe acute malnutrition, which means they’re going to die unless they get urgent therapeutic treatment.
“We’re seeing an alarming rollback of rights for girls and women, girls from grade seven to grade 12 are no longer allowed to be in school.
“Because the health system is compromised, we’re seeing the spread of preventable childhood disease, measles is killing children.”
“Three weeks ago, all those challenges were compounded by the earthquake that killed a thousand people.”