Egeland calls for foreign diplomats to return to Kabul

The Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland, called for more foreign diplomats to return to Kabul and “help fight for human rights and humanitarian principles.”

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Egeland expressed concerns over the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, saying that the people of Afghanistan need the collective engagement of the international community more than ever.

On the other hand, the country director of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan, Hsiao-Wei Lee, said in a video that the WFP has been forced to cut 10 million people from emergency food assistance “from 13 million to 3 million leaving us only able to support 1 out of 5 people who go to bed hungry every night.”

This comes as the EU and NRC said in a joint statement that they will help the people of Afghanistan who are impacted by the effects of climate change.

The EU delegation in Afghanistan said in a statement that it is providing more than 3.3 million euros to the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee over a period of three years to enhance the capacity of local communities to adapt to climate change.

The initiative will start on 15 September, according to the statement and at least 8,100 households with some 75,000 household members are expected to benefit from it.

The program will cover Badakhshan, Daikundi, Faryab, Ghazni, Kapisa, Paktia and Takhar provinces, the statement said.