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Refugees warn of ‘human catastrophe’ in Afghanistan as relatives left behind face crisis

Written by on 12/11/2021

Afghan refugees in the UK are warning of a “human catastrophe” in their former homeland as relatives left behind face possible starvation.

Chaman Rasuli, a former British Embassy worker, who has settled in Coventry, told Sky News: “The famine is absolutely showing it is coming and it will have quite an impact on people’s livelihood, I’m worried it will be a human catastrophe, a human crisis.”

Enayutullah Ahady, who also helped the British in Kabul, fled in April.

Enayutullah Ahady and Chaman Rasuli
Image: Enayutullah Ahady and Chaman Rasuli

He said due to the crisis “all the food, groceries, are getting expensive and on the other hand, there is no money to buy, the life is getting tougher day by day back in Afghanistan.”

Both men said all of their family members had lost their jobs after the economy crumbled in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

Charities are warning that more than half of Afghanistan’s population, around 19 million people, could face famine this winter.

In the last few days, Maryann Horne, a senior advisor for the British Red Cross has travelled to Kabul to help the aid effort.

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Speaking from the city, she said donations were urgently needed: “Afghanistan is heading towards one of the worst humanitarian crises in its history.

“The drought that has been lasting for two to three years, affecting 80% of the country, is leading to a situation where the little food Afghanistan was producing is not being produced and borders are shut and what little is in the country is not enough to feed people.”

Sabir Zazai, a former refugee told Sky News: “I think the world needs to remember Afghanistan”.

(L-R) Chaman Rasuli, Sabir Zazai and Enayutullah Ahady
Image: (L-R) Chaman Rasuli, Sabir Zazai and Enayutullah Ahady

Mr Zazai fled the Taliban in 1999 and first settled in Coventry before becoming the chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council.

He returned to speak at a peace conference at the city’s cathedral. He said: “There is a real need for collaboration and global collaboration to help and support Afghanistan through this difficult moment because it’s not often just bullets that take lives, it’s famine as well”.

 Sky News

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