Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “UN Urges Afghanistan Neighboring Countries to Keep Borders Open” – below is their description.
The evacuation flights out of Afghanistan are “critical” and “needed”, a spokesperson for the U.N.’s refugee agency, UNHCR said on Friday.
Speaking from Geneva, Shabia Mantoo shared concern over human rights violations, adding that “those who may be in danger have no way out”.
Reports of targeted killings in areas overrun by the Taliban mounted on Friday, fueling fears that they will return Afghanistan to the repressive rule they imposed when they were last in power, even as they urged imams to push a message of unity at Friday’s prayers.
Terrified that the new de facto rulers would commit such abuses, thousands have raced to Kabul’s airport and to border crossings, desperate to flee following the Taliban’s stunning blitz through the country.
Mantoo said the United Nations team is committed to staying and providing aid to the Afghans provided that they can access those in need and can ensure staff safety.
Speaking during the briefing via video call, World Health Organization’s spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said the WHO was also committed to staying in Afghanistan to deliver “critical health services”.
The Taliban say they have become more moderate since they last ruled Afghanistan in the 1990s and have pledged to restore security and forgive those who fought them in the 20 years since a U.S.-led invasion.
Ahead of Friday prayers, leaders urged imams to use sermons to appeal for unity and urge people not to flee the country.
But many Afghans are skeptical, fearing that the Taliban will erase the gains, especially for women, achieved in the past two decades.Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel
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