Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

June-06-02

Lack of Funding Forces UN Food Agency to Suspend Some Relief in Afghanistan

A multi-million dollar funding gap for the United Nations World Food Program’s work in Afghanistan has resulted in cutbacks on relief projects throughout the country. These cutbacks have forced families to take on debt, reduce their dietary intake and sell their assets and livestock, according to Nigel Fisher, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan. Worse yet, families may be forcing their girls into early marriages to relieve demands on family food supplies.

The WFP Emergency Operation in Afghanistan currently faces a shortfall of 215,400 tons of food worth approximately $123 million, or 43 percent of the total requirements. “Measures have been taken to scale down distributions, some Food for Work rehabilitation projects have been suspended, returning refugees and internally displaced persons are now receiving a third of their re-settlement packages and food assistance to civil servants may be curtailed in the near future,” said WFP spokesman Alejandro Chicheri.

But, larger-than-expected numbers of refugees coming home from Pakistan has exacerbated the food shortage, as tensions in Kashmir between India and Pakistan have led some Afghans to return home sooner than expected, USA Today reported Thursday. “If there is war, all the refugees would come back quickly,” said Ragnhild Elk, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. More than 880,000 refugees, nearly all from Pakistan, have returned to Afghanistan since March.

The UN has determined that Afghanistan is still undergoing a humanitarian crisis, and not enough funding is present to ameliorate the situation. “President Bush has said that the US will not abandon the Afghan people,” said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal. “Now is the time to act.” Not only is immediate funding desperately needed, but increased security is of utmost importance. Human Rights Watch has reported increased factional fighting in Afghanistan and the use of violence and intimidation by regional warlords to control the loya jirga process. Without an expansion of peacekeeping forces, democracy will be jeopardized, and Afghanistan may once again fall victim to terrorism.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Bush Administration Afghanistan Needs Peacekeeping Troops and Aid for Rebuilding

TAKE ACTION: Join the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls

Media Resources: USA Today, 6/6/02; UN News Service, 6/3/02; BBC News, 6/6/02; Feminist Majority; Feminist Majority Foundation


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

10/24/2014 Thousands of Women in Iran Protest Acid Attacks in Wake of Religious Law - On Wednesday, thousands of Iranians in the historic city of Isfahan gathered to protest recent acid attacks on women. . . .
 
10/24/2014 Potential Ballot Measure in DC Would Raise Minimum Wage to $15 - Low-wage workers in Washington, DC might see a significant increase in their pay, thanks to national labor rights group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC). This month, the DC Board of Elections approved language submitted by a local chapter of ROC to raise the minimum wage in the District to $15/hour by 2019. . . .
 
10/23/2014 All of Tennessee's Major Newspapers Have Urged Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Amendment 1 - All four of Tennessee's major papers have spoken out to oppose Amendment 1, a dangerous anti-abortion measure that will be decided by voters this fall. . . .