The attack targeted a Shia mosque in the country for the second week in a row after an explosion in the northeastern city of Kunduz last Friday.
Terrorism continues #Afghanistan At least 0 people were killed and many injured in the suicide attack #KandaharThe largest Shia mosque during Friday prayers. The United Nations has condemned the latest atrocities targeting religious institutions and worshipers. Those responsible must be held accountable. pic.twitter.com/MMI66F50Gr
– UNAMA News (NAUNAMAnews) October 15, 2021
“Terrorism continues in Afghanistan,” the UN mission in the country, UNAMA, said in a post on Twitter. “(The United Nations) condemns the latest atrocities targeting a religious institution and worshipers. Those responsible must be held accountable. ”
UN General Assembly President Abdullah Shahid also strongly condemned the attack.
Mr. Shaheed conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to all those injured.
The blast comes against the backdrop of a deep and multifaceted crisis in Afghanistan.
Human demand is increasing
According to Omar Abdi, deputy executive director of UNICEF’s Children’s Fund, the United Nations continues to support greater international assistance for countries where boys and girls are “paying the highest price.”
“We expect the humanitarian needs of children and women to increase in the coming months, with severe droughts and consequent water shortages, precarious security environments, continued displacement, the devastating socio-economic consequences of the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic and the onset of winter,” she said in New York on Friday.
Mr Abd Abdi was in Afghanistan last week, where he first saw how children were being affected by an isolated economy and a crumbling health system.
Medical supplies are running dangerously low, and the prevalence of measles and acute watery diarrhea is increasing.
Even before the Taliban took over in August, at least 100 million Afghan children needed humanitarian assistance. He warned that at least one million people were at risk of dying from severe malnutrition if not treated immediately.
“I visited the children’s hospital in Kabul and saw the malnourished children and understood that some of them were children,” he said.
Prioritize girls’ education
UNICEF official De Facto met with authorities where he put girls’ education at the top of the agenda. Millions of Afghan girls of secondary school age have not yet returned to the classroom.
“I have received the promise of the Taliban to allow all girls to go to school,” she said. “Girls up to sixth grade can now go to school.”
There are more than 300 provinces in Afghanistan, and Mr Abdi said it was only five, where girls could go to secondary school, “but we are saying that everywhere girls go to school.”
He said the Taliban authorities are building a framework on the issue, which is expected in the next two months. This framework will address the concerns of more conservative elements of society around girls ’education, such as keeping girls separate from boys and allowing only women to be taught.
“Now the funny thing is, the authorities I’ve met with have said that when they put in place the structure they’re working on, (it) will persuade more parents to send their daughters to school, so it has to be seen,” he said.
UNICEF Afghanistan has been in Afghanistan for more than a decade. The agency fears that the gains made in education over the past two decades could be reversed.
Since 2001, the number of school admissions has increased from one million to 10 million by the middle of this year, including four million girls, and the number of schools has also increased from 1,000,000 to 1,000,000 in the last decade. Yet, 2.2 million Afghan children are out of school, including 2.6 million girls.
UNICEF is now entering many more areas of the country that were previously under Taliban control. Some female workers have returned to work, and Mr. Abd Abdi hopes they will all return.
The UN agency is expanding its program, but cooperation is needed, and he actually called on the authorities, the international community, humanitarian agencies and other stakeholders to take further action.