Former Vice President of Afghanistan, Amrullah Saleh, has highlighted the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Panjshir Valley and has called on the United Nations to do everything in its power to prevent the Taliban’s attack on the resistance stronghold.
Saleh raised the alarm about the situation in Panjshir, saying in a letter to the UN that a large-scale humanitarian crisis is ongoing in Panjshir province and three Andrabic districts in Baghlan province as a result of the economic blockade and telecommunications blackout by the Taliban. .
“We call on the United Nations and the international community to do their utmost to prevent and encourage the Taliban attack in Panjshir province and negotiate a political solution to ensure that thousands of displaced and receiving civilians be saved,” Saleh said.
Taliban and opposition forces battle for control of the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, the last Afghan province to hold out against the group. Saleh, along with Ahmad Massoud – the son of the famous Afghan commander Ahmad Shah Massoud – another leader of the resistance, are currently in the Panjshir Valley trying to challenge the Taliban.
The former vice president said the Taliban and other foreign groups have launched a brutal attack on Panjshir and other free areas in northern Afghanistan.
“About 250,000 people, including local women, children, the elderly and 10,000 tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who arrived in Panjshir after the fall, Kabul and other major cities are also trapped in these valleys and suffering the effects of this inhumane blockade. “
Mr Saleh said that “if this situation is not addressed, a large-scale human rights and humanitarian catastrophe, including famine and mass murder, even genocide of these people is in the making.”
“The internally displaced persons and the local population displaced by the Taliban attack are currently residing in mosques, schools, health centers and in open spaces under the open sky,” he added.
He further stressed the urgent need for food, water and sanitation to prevent the crisis. “They urgently need food, shelter, water and sanitation, health care and non-food items. Cabinet of Acting President Amrullah Saleh calls on the international community, the United Nations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, NGOs and other charitable organizations to respond quickly and generously to this overwhelming humanitarian crisis.”
Resistance forces in the country’s northeastern province had said they would continue fighting the Taliban as their negotiations had failed to produce any results.
Last month, the Taliban captured Kabul after a swift offensive in a matter of weeks. So far, the Taliban have controlled all regions except Panjshir province.
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