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Afghan Children Are in Danger of ‘Deaths Associated with Explosions’

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(Last Updated On: May 16, 2019)

A new study by Save the Children shows that the children are twice more in danger of deaths associated with rockets and explosive materials than adults in Afghanistan and are extremely facing physical and psychological damages, said Save the Children in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statistics of Save the Children, Afghanistan stands among the first five mortal countries for children having over 3,000 victim children in 2017.

Zabihullah, a 12 years old kid in one of the educational centers of Save the Children in Kabul, has left his hometown-Ghazni, with his family due to war and violence.

“We were living in the war for two years, the war took two of my brothers,” says Zabihullah.

According to him, now they are living in a rented house in Kabul.

Zabihullah learns education in the center and wishes to become an engineer in the future.

He says, “I wish peace come in our country and our country prospers; I do not want to experience the memories which I had in Ghazni once again in Kabul.”

Maryam Ataye, the spokesperson for the Save Children in Afghanistan says, “85 percent of children have got hurt from rockets and grenades, almost twice then adults.”

Onno van Manen, Save the Children’s Afghanistan Country Director, said, “International law makes clear that everyone has a responsibility to make sure children are protected in war. Yet explosive weapons continue to kill, maim and terrorize thousands of Afghan children every year.”

The Afghan children are paying a high cost of war every year as the recent study of Save the Children shows that in the last two years, eight in every ten children have been a victim of explosive weapons.

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Bayat Foundation steps in to help at-risk families in Maidan Wardak province

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Bayat Foundation officials said Friday they have sent in a huge consignment of food aid to Maidan Wardak province to help hundreds of needy families.

According to officials, the aid includes flour, rice and oil, which they have started distributing to deserving families in the province.

“In continuation of the Bayat Foundation aid campaign, which sees us distribute aid every winter, today we had a program in Maidan Wardak province to distribute to deserving people. The aid included flour, rice and oil. The aid will be distributed in other provinces also,” said Haji Mohammad Ismail, deputy head of Bayat Foundation.

Recipients of the food parcels welcomed the initiative and called on other charity organizations to help families in need.

“This winter, many people are in need [of aid]; they assisted us, we are grateful. We want them to help us again [in the future],” said one Maidan Wardak recipient.

“Our people are in need. No one has helped them so far. We are grateful to Bayat Foundation that helped us during this difficult time,” said another recipient.

“We are very grateful, because they helped us. We want them to continue their aid so we can survive this difficult situation,” said another resident of Wardak.

Each year, Bayat Foundation carries out a winter campaign, providing needy people with food. This winter, however, the foundation has ramped up efforts to reach as many Afghans as possible across the country amid the ongoing economic crisis.

Already thousands of desperate families have received food parcels from Bayat Foundation in over a dozen provinces in the country.

Food parcels are given to only the most at-risk families who are identified through a comprehensive assessment carried out by the foundation once an area has been earmarked for distribution.

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IEA warns media against publishing rumors

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

The intelligence department of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) government said Thursday that media outlets should not spread false news and baseless rumors.

“A number of figures want to insult Islamic values so that they can achieve western citizenship,” the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) tweeted.

According to the GDI, these individuals have made untrue statements about the IEA which some media have reported on.

The country’s media, in accordance with the principles of journalism, should strictly refrain from publishing false news and baseless rumors, GDI tweeted.

The intelligence department has pointed out that insulting religious sanctities and rituals is not acceptable to the people.

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Biden defiantly defends Afghanistan exit, makes ‘no apologies’

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U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday firmly defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he makes no apologies.

Addressing a press conference, Biden said: “I make no apologies for what I did.”

His administration drew criticism for the way troops were withdrawn and the sudden collapse of the previous government.

Biden suggested Wednesday there was nothing else that could have been done to bolster Afghan allies.

“Raise your hand if you think anyone was going to be able to unify Afghanistan under one single government,” he said.

“It’s been the graveyard of empires for a solid reason. It is not susceptible to unity.”

He also suggested it was not the responsibility of the U.S. to fix Afghanistan’s challenges, The Week reported.

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