13-year-old Zainab wedding date was fixed within hours of the would-be groom arriving with an offer of a few sheep, goats, and four sacks of rice as a bride price — a centuries-old custom for many in rural Afghanistan.
"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.”
Taliban spokesman for the Higher Education Ministry Ahmad Taqqi said in a video clip. “The education will continue based on the plans and policies of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”
Hafizullah Husseinkhel, who fled from Afghanistan in 2014 after receiving death threats from the Taliban, said he felt “betrayed” and “terrified” after the government declined to grant his wife entry to the UK.
No doubt it’s a huge development and very good news indeed that the United States of America has freed half of $7bn in frozen Afghan funds
Pakistan and China did not attend the meeting. Pakistan expressed the view that the meeting organised by India is a “spoiler” and it is not meant to promote peace.
"Afghans need our help in enabling their economy, sustaining their agriculture and enabling the basic functioning of social services," UN aid chief Martin Griffiths told a news briefing ahead of the event co-hosted with Britain, Germany and Qatar.
As the conflict-battered country faces an economic collapse and an acute shortage of food, the US Treasury also updated guidance to make clear that exports of goods and cash transfers are allowed as long as they do not go to individuals targeted by US sanctions.
Sheikh Mohamed inspected the workflow at the departure site of the groups of people coming from Afghanistan. He was briefed by US officials about the process of organising departures and the smooth functioning of procedures.
Around 3.2 million children are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition in Afghanistan by the end of this year, with 1 million of them at risk of dying as temperatures drop, a World Health Organisation spokesperson said on Friday.