UPDATED 3:57 PM PT – Tuesday, October 5, 2021
The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan after Joe Biden’s botched pullout handed the country over to the Taliban. On Tuesday, a top UNICEF official said half of Afghan children under the age of five would starve under Taliban rule, while COVID-19 also posed a risk to residents.
The U.N. warned Afghanistan could become a “failed state.”
“It’s not just only health, but also other social services. Food shortage, medical shortage. And we heard that there will be fuel shortages. So the whole country is going to collapse if they don’t get support immediately.”
An estimated 3.2 million Afghan children under five, are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year, UN agencies @WFP @UNICEF warned today: https://t.co/gyYB6UAbdx pic.twitter.com/9ZjUeVIyrp
— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) October 5, 2021
The U.N. also observed a children’s hospital in Kabul was overrun with young patients who are severely malnourished while the Taliban has not addressed the issued.