In 2008, the previous administration of Hamid Karzai signed a 30-year contract with a Chinese joint venture called MCC to extract high-grade copper from Mes Aynak. Studies show the site holds up to 12 million tonnes of the mineral.
Save the Children, Care, World Vision and the Norwegian Refugee Council have also said at the briefing that Afghanistan is grappling with one of the worst hunger crises on record, with 6 million people on the brink of famine.
Earlier this month, Afghanistan's supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada issued a diktat for women to cover up fully in public, including their faces, ideally with the traditional burqa.
Mushwanay, spokesman of the Taliban’s Sports Organisation, said authorities were looking for a way to restart sports for women by building separate sports venues. But he gave no time frame and said funds were needed to do so.
On Friday, the actor and humanitarian, who works as a special envoy to the United Nations refugee agency, used her first-ever Instagram post to share a letter that she received from an Afghan girl expressing her fear over the Taliban.
Strictly patriarchal Afghanistan has long been one of the world's worst places for women, but for a relatively small group — mainly in urban cores like Kabul — key freedoms such as education and the right to work proliferated after the Taliban fell in 2001.
"We have to operate here. If we don't, women will die," said Sharif Shah, a man and the only surgeon, who carries out procedures on women.
"Today I have been heartbroken to see that the families are willing to sell their children to feed other family members,” Charles said. "So it’s the right time for the humanitarian community to stand up and stay with the people of Afghanistan.”
Millions of Afghans at risk of famine due to drought and economic collapse; the UN said it needed $5 billion in aid for Afghanistan in 2022 to avert a humanitarian catastrophe and offer the ravaged country a future after 40 years of suffering.