Ground Report | New Delhi: Taliban increasingly violent; The United Nations has condemned the Taliban’s violent crackdown on protests and violence against journalists in Afghanistan, warning that most families in the country face food shortages.
“We urge the Taliban to refrain from using violence against journalists who exercise their right to peaceful assembly and to cover the protests,” said Rowena Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Taliban increasingly violent
He said Taliban fighters were using weapons and whips to disperse protesters, and that four people had been killed since mid-August. This week, Taliban fighters dispersed protesters in several cities, killing two civilians.
Shamdasani said his office had also received reports that a man and a child had been killed during a national flag-flying ceremony last month when the Taliban tried to disperse the crowd. At least five journalists were also arrested and tortured on Wednesday. “Journalists are doing their job but they are being intimidated,” he said.
93% of people not getting enough food
To quell the unrest, the Taliban announced on Wednesday that permission for the protests would have to be obtained from the Ministry of Justice. The next day, telecommunications companies were ordered to shut down internet and phone services in some parts of Kabul. On the other hand, the World Food Program says that 93% of the people in the country are not getting enough food.
Anthia Webb, the agency’s Asia-Pacific regional director, said: ‘A random phone survey conducted in 34 provinces of the country between August 21 and September 5 found that three out of four families were reducing food intake or borrowing. have been.’ He added: “Parents are not eating to feed their children.”