Afghan Refugees Turned Away on World Humanitarian Day
Pakistani authorities forced about three hundred fleeing Afghans, including women and children, to return to Afghanistan. Despite the Taliban's brutal treatment of women under gender apartheid, widespread ethnic cleansing, and continued fighting, Pakistani authorities claimed that there is "peace" in Afghanistan and no reason for refugees to flee.
The United Nations called Afghanistan one of the world's forgotten humanitarian emergencies at the launching of World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday. The United Nations pointed to Afghanistan and several African countries as severe international emergencies requiring immediate attention. According to UN predictions only a third of Afghans will have access to medical services if the international community does not intervene.
The Feminist Majority Foundation has urged the U.S. government to increase humanitarian assistance for Afghans, particularly for women and girls, whose suffering due to the humanitarian crisis is exacerbated by the Tal iban's oppressive gender apartheid policy.
1/28/2015 Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund - Earlier this week, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) along with 21 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to maintain support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
UNFPA, which promotes maternal and reproductive health, conducts major demographic surveys, and campaigns against fistula and female genital mutilation, supports programs in over 150 countries. . . .