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OIC Pledges To Launch Afghan Trust Fund In Response To Growing Humanitarian CrisIS

Source: The Organisation for World Peace

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met in an emergency meeting in Islamabad on December 18th to discuss launching a trust fund addressing the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan. International organizations froze billions of dollars in aid and assets to Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country in August 2021. These reductions in aid delivery and frozen bank reserves have created a state of emergency in Afghanistan, with millions facing starvation and disease. The fund, managed by the Islamic Development Bank, would begin assisting by early 2022, though the amount to be provided remains unclear.

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Government spent £700k on company advising Afghans not to flee before Taliban takeover

Source: The Independent

The government has given more than £700,000 to a company that advised Afghans not to flee the country before the Taliban takeover.

An investigation by The Independent revealed that the Home Office has handed the “migration behaviour change” firm at least £702,000 since 2016, and it may have been given even more money by the Foreign Office during the same period.

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The life I built as an Afghan woman went in the blink of an eye

Source: Al Jazeera

At 11am on August 15, I was at Rabia Balkhi University in Kabul where I was teaching economics.

That day, only a handful – maybe 10 – of my class of about 30 had shown up due to the deteriorating security situation. The Taliban was fast advancing on Kabul having already captured the cities of Ghazni, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif.

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