Humanitarian aid in the form of supplies is critical.
We need tents for the families who were brought to internal areas as they ran from the Taliban takeover in the outer provinces. Children are sleeping on the streets, burning in the sun. We need food, water. We have extreme drought conditions. Water for drinking and cleaning wounds and hygiene. We need food. Our schools, learning centers and clinics have passed out what we can get. With no ability to access currency, we cannot buy more.
We need the UN to deliver aid.
Our government has collapsed and those who want to run the new government have not staffed or begun working on the issues Afghanistan faced before they arrived. It is a celebration for them. For AIL, it is a catastrophic failure of governance, from anyone. Where is the leadership who should be providing for the people?
We need the Red Cross and UNHRC to send people to help those who are displaced and starving.
Enough with the news articles about the new government or old government, or what may come next week. Right now, today, we need humanitarian assistance across the country.
My network is willing and able to help. We can reach tens of thousands today, hundreds of thousands in the next few days.
Our negotiations with the Taliban about our educational facilities are ongoing. Two of our staff met with the new Education Minister this week. Women are not permitted to take jobs in our program at this time. The Taliban states they would like more stability, for the safety of our women. There must be more training for the troops before it will be safe for women to again participate in the workforce. This is the current state of our schools. AIL has always focused on hiring women, so 70% of our staff is now restricted to working from home. We will continue to negotiate for their return to work.
It is my hope we will see some progress on humanitarian aid and getting our female employees back to work as soon as possible in the coming days. We will update you soon!
In the meantime, please contact the UN and Red Cross and ask them to send supplies to organizations on the ground. We are desperate.