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Second Touristic Winter Festival – Bamiyan

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(Last Updated On: February 7, 2020)

Bamiyan succeeded to host the Touristic Winter Festival for the second time in a row. The festival will welcome domestic and international tourists for one month.

The festival is comprised of various programs such as women handicrafts exhibition, musical programs, ski tournaments, Bamiyan ancient food exhibition, theater, and cultural & historical tours.

Launching this festival, the Ministry of Information and Culture tries to attract more foreign tourists.

Tahir Zohair, the governor of Bamiyan, said, “Since 2015, we have had 15 to 16 festivals in summer, and fortunately, this is the 2nd time we hold the winter festival too. Festivals have a direct and strong effect on attracting tourists. Cultural programs held in Bamiyan are unique.”

Bamiyan is one of the most secure places in Afghanistan, and with the exceptionally beautiful sites, it stuns the international and domestic tourists.

The winter festival in Bamiyan starts with the sound of Damboura, Hazaragi songs, and Bamiyan’s youth poetry.

The Salsal Music Band, having Bamiyani girls as the singers, gave the festival a wonderful start. These are girls and boys, who have played music and sung for at least five years, especially for tourists. The band says that they receive tourist visitors.

Bamiyan, having some of the most ancient and natural touristic sites, has attracted over 250,000 tourists this year; however, the insecure image of Afghanistan to the world has reduced the number of tourists.

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Bayat Foundation in Ghazni to help needy families

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The Bayat Foundation continues to help vulnerable families across Afghanistan and this week distributed hundreds of food parcels to people in central Ghazni province.

The foundation’s officials said they had so far distributed essential food supplies to deserving people in Herat, Balkh, Khost, Kunduz, Kandahar, and Bamiyan provinces.

Haji Mohammad Ismail, deputy head of the Bayat Foundation, stated: “Through its continued assistance, the Bayat Foundation was in Ghazni [to distribute aid] and further assistance will be distributed in other provinces soon.”

The foundation said it will do its best to reach vulnerable families during winter.

Grateful recipients of the food aid thanked the Bayat Foundation and said the packages were badly needed.

“We are thankful to the Bayat Foundation that provided us with foodstuff such are flour, rice, and oil and we call for further assistance,” one of the recipients said.

Another recipient added: “I am pleased that the Bayat Foundation is helping needy people during this cold winter.”

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UN seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots including Afghanistan

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The United Nations appealed on Thursday for $41 billion to provide life-saving assistance next year to a record 183 million people worldwide caught up in conflict and poverty, led by a tripling of its programme in Afghanistan.

Famine remains a “terrifying prospect” for 45 million people living in 43 countries, as extreme weather caused by climate change reduces food supplies, it said in the annual appeal reflecting a 17% rise in annual funding needs.

“The drivers of needs are ones which are familiar to all of us. Tragically, it includes protracted conflicts, political instability, failing economies… the climate crisis, not a new crisis, but one which urges more attention and of course the Covid-19 pandemic,” UN aid chief Martin Griffiths told a news briefing on Wednesday.

In a report to donors, the world body said: “Without sustained and immediate action, 2022 could be catastrophic.”

Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan are the five major crises requiring the most funding, topped by $4.5 billion sought for Afghanistan where “needs are skyrocketing”, it said.

In Afghanistan, more than 24 million people require life-saving assistance to prevent catastrophe, a dramatic increase driven by political tumult, repeated economic shocks, and the severe food insecurity caused by the worst drought in 27 years, Reuters reported.

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Four wounded in Kabul blast

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The Emergency Hospital in Kabul has confirmed four people were wounded in an IED explosion in Salim Karwan square in PD4 around midday Thursday.

The Emergency Hospital said in a tweet that the injured were taken to the hospital from the scene of the explosion.

The hospital said a child was among the injured adding the incident was caused by a magnetic IED attached to a vehicle.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti, however, said the incident was caused by an IED placed in a pot. He also claimed that there were no casualties in the blast.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two days ago, Kabul witnessed another explosion. The blast, which targeted an IEA vehicle, wounded five people, including members of the IEA.

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