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Bayat Foundation aid distribution continues – Nangarhar

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(Last Updated On: May 4, 2020)

The Bayat Foundation distributed food to a number of needy families in eastern Nangarhar province as it continues its assistance amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Officials at the foundation underlined that the donations were mostly distributed to those affected by the restriction on movements.

Thanking the Bayat Foundation, aid receivers call on other capable bodies and businessmen out there to step up and take the hand of the poor.

People in Nangarhar are facing financial difficulties due to the restriction on movements aimed to prevent the COVID19 outbreak in the province.

That in perspective, the Bayat Foundation stepped in keeping up with the distribution of foodstuff to a number of families in need in the province.

Local officials in Nangarhar and those who received the donations thanked the Bayat Foundation noting that other bodies as such, should also help the needy.

They added that the aid distributed by the Bayat Foundation was delivered directly to the people in a transparent manner.

The Bayat Foundation has begun the process of distributing aid to the needy since the restrictions on movements have been imposed as part of the government’s preventive measures to help stop the spread of the deadly Coronavirus in Afghanistan.

To this date, the aid has been distributed to a large number of people in need in several provinces.

According to officials at the foundation, the aid distribution will continue wider.

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Locusts attack along India-Pakistan border threatening food security

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(Last Updated On: May 25, 2020)

There has been an increased risk along both sides of the India-Pakistan border, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said Friday.

FAO, in its Friday release, warned, “Despite control operations, recent heavy rains have created ideal conditions for the pest’s reproduction in several countries. Young juveniles will become voracious adults in June just as farmers begin to harvest, compounding an already bleak food security situation.”

Reports indicate that India has reached out to Pakistan to counter a locust invasion which threatens to destroy crops and undermine food security in the south and southwest Asia already threatened by the COVID19 pandemic.

According to Indian news outlets, swarms of desert locusts swept Jaipur on Monday as the insect onslaught spread wider to parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh; while Gujarat and Punjab have warned their farmers of locust attacks.

This is the second round of locust attack in India, the first one having occurred during December-February.

Locust attacks in 12 countries, including Pakistan, Iran, and ten nations in Africa, have damaged crops over millions of hectares.

The World Bank has set up a $500 million program to help countries in Africa and the Middle East combat the impact of locusts.

It is noteworthy that the Locusts can destroy standing crops and devastate livelihoods of people – The desert locust is considered the most destructive migratory pest in the world and a single swarm covering 1 square kilometer can contain up to 80 million locusts.

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UN appeals financial aid for vulnerable countries

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(Last Updated On: May 8, 2020)

A UN report says that humanitarians are seeking nearly $7 billion to protect millions of lives in over 60 most affected countries amid the spread of COVID-19.

According to the report, the updated Global Humanitarian Response Plan provides help and protection that prioritize the most vulnerable in society, older people, people with disabilities, and women and girls, in particular.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lowcock has warned of a significant rise in conflict, hunger, and poverty, as well as looming famine, unless action is taken now.

He has said, “If we do not support the poorest people – especially women and girls and other vulnerable groups – as they battle the pandemic and impacts of the global recession, we will all be dealing with the spillover effects for many years to come. That would prove even more painful, and much more expensive, for everyone.”

The report writes, “The updated plan builds on an earlier appeal made by the UN Secretary-General in late March which called for $2 billion.”

In a video message, urging donors to step up support to stop the pandemic from circling back around the globe, António Guterres says, “Humanitarian aid is not just a moral imperative; it is a practical necessity to combat the virus.”

He highlights, “If COVID-19 wreaks havoc in the poorest places, we are all at risk.”

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ONSC: Taliban has harmed nearly 1,000 civilians in the past two months

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(Last Updated On: April 30, 2020)

The Taliban have killed, wounded, and/or abducted nearly a thousand civilians in less than two months since its signing of the peace agreement with the United States.

The Office of the National Security Council said that the increase in the Taliban attacks is a sign that the group is not committed to bringing peace.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Defense is also talking about the increase in Taliban attacks on the security forces.

According to the National Security Council, 337 civilians have been killed, 452 wounded and 164 others abducted by the Taliban since the US-Taliban peace deal.

“The Taliban have again increased their attacks on the military and civilians, and the Taliban have also suffered heavy casualties,” said Ruhollah Ahmadzai, the spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.

However, the Taliban denies the allegations and blames the government for escalating the war. The group has said that they will avenge if their prisoners are not released.

“The United States needs to pave the way for the release of prisoners and the reduction of violence,” said Wahab Wardag, a former air force commander.

In addition to civilians, the Afghan armed forces have also suffered casualties in recent weeks.

The commander-in-chief of the foreign forces in Afghanistan has warned the Taliban, they will respond if the Taliban continue to attack.

“If the troops are not strengthened, they will undoubtedly become vulnerable,” said Khan Agha Rezaei, head of the House Intelligence Committee.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council has called for a halt to the war and violence across the world in a resolution to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

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