Caritas appeals for solidarity for Afghanistan and for its women
By Mario Galgano and Fr Paweł Rytel-Andrianik
On the eve of International Women's Day, marked annually on 8 March, we shine the light on the plight of women in Afghanistan who are banned from attending University and girls are not allowed to go to secondary school.
Oliver Müller, International Director of Caritas Germany has just returned from Afghanistan, where, as a Catholic organisation, his team is allowed by the Taliban government, ton provide humanitarian aid.
In an interview with Vatican Radio he said Afghan women are deprived of their basic human rights.
Müller points out that Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries, with 28 million inhabitants dependent on outside aid. The present situation of the people, he says, calls for immediate assistance.
At the same time, the Afghan authorities have declared that women are no longer allowed to work in humanitarian aid.
"And to see how it can be done was now the content of my visit here,” stresses Müller after his visit to Afghanistan.
He underlines that according to an international study, Afghanistan is the world's worst place for girls and women. Women are banned from public life to a great extent.
The International Director of Caritas Germany makes a heartfelt appeal: “Afghanistan deserves our solidarity and our help. We should do everything so that Afghanistan will not be a forgotten crisis, even if there are other conflicts closer to Europe that may be more relevant for Europe. Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable and poorest countries in the world. And for this reason, we will continue and stay here”.
Caritas Germany has been present in Afghanistan since 1984. It provides help to millions of people through various humanitarian projects.
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