Former Afghan lawmaker Haji Mohammad Mohaqeq said on Sunday that eight children have starved to death in western Kabul, mainly populated by the Hazara minority.
“Poverty and hunger killed eight children in western Kabul,” Mohaqeq wrote on Facebook, quoted by Russian news agency Sputnik.
Mohaqeq added that the Taliban are unable to ensure an adequate standard of living for the Afghan people after they come to power. He further called on the international community to help the Hazaras and the Shiites in Afghanistan.
Checking out human rights violations committed by the Taliban, human rights group Amnesty International documented earlier this month how the Taliban slaughtered members of the Hazara ethnic community.
The Hazaras, who practice Shia Islam, represent 9% of the Afghan population. According to reports from rights groups, they have been severely persecuted by the Taliban in the past.
Several international groups sound the alarm bells on the deterioration of living conditions in the country since the seizure of power by the Taliban in mid-August.
Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world to take action at a “watershed moment” for the country.
“If we don’t act and help the Afghans weather this storm, and do it soon, not only them but the whole world will pay a heavy price,” Guterres told reporters in New York before Tuesday when the main industrialized countries of the G20 will meet. to discuss the country in crisis.
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