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Kabul’s Poisonous Air; Deadly Breath for thousands of Children

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(Last Updated On: December 31, 2019)

The doctors in Sehat e Tefl hospital are warning about the death of a large throng of children if the air pollution continuous to dominate Kabul. The official reports in this hospital indicate the death of at least two children every day. 

Air pollution has put thousands of lives in serious danger, and the people have no solutions other than using masks.

Based on statistics from Air Visual which is a resource for monitoring the quality of air, Kabul has three highly polluted spots that by 200+ degrees of dirt in the air. Kabul is now at the top of the list among cities with low quality of air. In the middle of the day, it is lower than 200 but during the night and early morning, it crosses 400 degrees.

“Most of our family member has become sick and we have spent two thousand AFs for medicine,” says Esamtullah – a Kabul citizen.

“The air is as poisonous as our eyes start to sting,” says Abdullah – another Kabul Citizen.

Kids are the main casualties of the air pollution in Kabul, as hundreds of kids are brought to Sehat e Tefl hospital every day. The medical examinations show that air pollution is the main reason for their sickness. More than 3 of these kids die in this hospital on a daily basis.

“if this situation continuous a massive portion of children will die,” says Bahadur Mayar – the head of children’s department in Sehat e Tefl hospital

The air pollution acts as an inconspicuous killer as it caused the death of almost 20 people and has hospitalized thousands.

“The people have no options other than using coal, therefore, the government should decrease the price of wood and gas,” says Moh. Hassan – Kabul Citizen

“it has been two months that people are purchasing too many masks,” says Hayatullah – Kabul Citizen

The Ministry of Interior Affairs alongside the accountable organizations are working on a mechanism to decrease air pollution. Part of this mechanism was to ban apartments and hotels which are using nonstandard combustion materials. But this theme seems to have no positive effects.    

 

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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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Pakistan played major role in peace, stability of Afghanistan: Arif Alvi

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Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan played a major role in the peace and stability in Afghanistan and that Islamabad made sure Kabul was not isolated.

Alvi said in a media interview, that during the recent Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit he told its members that Pakistan saved Afghanistan from being isolated.

He also stated that during the extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of OIC in Islamabad, Pakistan, in December, he portrayed the actual picture of the war-torn country.

He also said the world has recognized Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiatives.

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ILO estimates underscore Afghanistan employment crisis

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Job losses in Afghanistan following the change in administration in August 2021 totaled more than half a million in the third quarter and may reach 900,000 by mid-2022, according to new estimates released by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

According to the ILO, the estimated 14% loss by mid-2022 reflects workers pushed out of employment due to the change in administration and ensuing economic crisis as well as restrictions on women’s participation in the workplace.

The total number of hours worked in the Afghan economy is estimated to have dropped by 13% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to a hypothetical scenario with no change in administration.

The ILO said key sectors have been devastated since the collapse of the former government including agriculture, the civil service and the construction industry which have all seen large-scale job losses or workers go unpaid.

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