Afghanistan Vs Peace

    22-Aug-2021
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Birkarnelzelzit Thiyam
From a trusted source, “the Taliban has also promised to grant amnesty to ex-Afghan army soldiers, as well as contractors and translators who worked for international forces with the US-led coalition that invaded Afghanistan long ago.” Do you trust them, where history speaks nothing but violence with the little that I know of ?
Leaving that aside, what’s up now for Afghans ? “Hey, Ali, what’s all the cries ? Be strong, I am with you ?” to a long friend of mine from Kabul. I texted him yesterday, he is now in the USA as a refugee. The conversations went on, ‘hell’ is just too less to describe what he went through.
But there are concerns in Western capitals and among rights organisations that the Taliban’s resurgence could yet lead to recriminations, and several countries are organising evacuation flights for the Afghans who worked for their armies and institutions-where Ali was one of them. Forty years of war, chronic poverty, climate change-driven natural disasters, and now COVID-19 are a deadly combination for people in Afghanistan. Even before the latest escalation in violence, half the population required humanitarian assistance. The world cannot afford to turn its back on Afghanistan and Afghan lives are at risk.
If the crisis in Afghanistan is left unaddressed, 2021 is on track to be the deadliest year for Afghan civilians in over a decade. Civilian deaths and injuries reached record levels in the first half of the year. Women and children are increasingly bearing the brunt of the violence and make up around half of all civilian casualties. Afghanistan has been the deadliest place for children for the past six years.
“We all thought Kabul was safer,” his text stuck me hard. There are over four million people in Afghanistan who are displaced by conflict or drought. This year alone, some 550,000 have been uprooted from their homes by fighting—and displacement numbers are soaring.
Many fled to Kabul in hopes of safety and are living in makeshift camps on the outskirts of the capital. They are just some of the 18.4 million Afghans who require urgent support in a country where four decades of violent conflict has resulted in a state of chronic humanitarian need.
On top of this, the COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the already-fragile economy, leaving more and more people at risk of relying solely on humanitarian aid for survival.
Humanitarian organizations like the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are committed to remaining in Afghanistan and continuing to deliver aid to Afghans in crisis. It is vital world leaders do the same, as well as fill gaps in humanitarian funding. The United States in particular must lead the way in providing critical aid, as well as rally others to join the response.
Donations from individuals, companies and foundations are critical to meet the needs of those affected by the crisis in Afghanistan. The IRC is appealing for much-needed funds to ensure they can continue to deliver life saving aid in conflict areas, as well as to provide emergency cash assistance and protection services for internally displaced people in Kabul. IRC is something I found through google and Ali, don’t get me wrong, there are still purple roses in the midst of this crisis.
What about Joe Biden ? Is he taking back his words ? It is the responsibility of President Joe Biden and the State Department to do everything possible to facilitate a safe, orderly departure from Afghanistan for people affiliated with the US. The lives of countless Afghans depend on the US Government acting promptly to resume and rapidly scale up processing.
This includes restarting relocations of SIV applicants to the US as soon as possible and relocating people eligible for the P2 visa. The US Government should also call on other countries to help protect Afghans whose lives are at risk due to their involvement in the US mission and offer them a chance to rebuild their lives. A regional refugee response is needed to ensure neighboring States allow refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan to enter and seek protection. High-income countries and regions such as the US or the European Union should also offer safe pathways for people to seek protection, to ensure that the responsibility to provide support does not sit solely on Afghanistan’s neighbors.
I know all these are all over the news, I am not trying to re-write the news but see–how lucky are you. Manipur is still at peace. Please enjoy the peace when you have the opportunity. Peace out.
The writer is an International Awardee and also a major in International Business Marketing from Algonquin, Ottawa, Canada. He is also the Managing Director & Chief Marketing Officer of Khoihee Industries, regd. under the directorate of industries and commerce, Government of Manipur. He can be reached at [email protected] his motivational videos on YouTube at Live With Bir.