Granthshala News Trey Youngst’s latest report from Kabuli
Granthshala News’ Trey Youngst told Tuesday that the coming weeks and months could be “very, very damaging for the Afghan people” because aid flowing to the war-torn country “simply won’t be enough.”
His remarks come as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken faces fresh grilling on Capitol Hill about why the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan did the way it did – and why the Taliban were able to ascend to power so quickly.
“The situation in Afghanistan today is moving towards normal life,” Yingst told America’s Newsroom. “You can hear behind me the horns of the cars, there is a lot of traffic in the city because there are still Taliban posts all over Kabul.”
American still stuck in Afghanistan admits 2 weeks after being withdrawn
“But the coming weeks and months could be very, very damaging for the Afghan people. We arrived in Kabul today on a plane that was chartered by the World Health Organization, one of many organizations around the world, who are flooding Afghanistan. Aid,” he continued. “But that simply will not be enough. Qatar is working on it, Pakistanis are working on it, and the Turks are working on it.
“But still you have a population that is now under Taliban rule and the Taliban … don’t have ties with the international community to maintain government in Kabul and across the country,” he said.
The uncertainty comes as the outgoing Afghan government’s ambassador to the United Nations warned on Tuesday that “the world cannot remain silent at this critical moment” about what is happening inside his country.
“The people of Afghanistan need action from the international community more than ever,” Nasser Ahmed Andisha told the Human Rights Council, according to Reuters.
“The Taliban have vowed to respect women’s rights, but women’s rights are disappearing from the landscape,” he reportedly continued.
Taliban: Women can study in gender-segregated universities
Andisha also accused Taliban fighters of committing “widespread atrocities” in the Panjshir Valley, the last part of the country, to oppose the militant group.
He told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that terrorists were carrying out targeted killings and extrajudicial killings of Afghans as boys – and that it needed a fact-finding mission to monitor the Taliban’s actions, Reuters reports.
Elsewhere, the Taliban are now reported to be in control of Pul-e-Charkhi Prison, a sprawling complex on the eastern outskirts of Kabul.
According to the Associated Press, after capturing the city, fighters freed all prisoners, government guards fled, and there are now dozens of Taliban fighters operating the facility.
On Monday, a Taliban commander was seen strolling through his empty hall and cell block, showing his friends that he had once been imprisoned.
The commander, who declined to be named, was on a private tour of the compound with a group of his friends. He told the Associated Press that he was arrested nearly a decade ago in East Kunar province and brought to Pul-e-Charkhi, tied and blindfolded.
“I feel so bad when I remember those days,” he said. He said the prisoners faced abuse and torture. He was imprisoned for about 14 months before being released. “Those days are the darkest days of my life, and now it is the happiest moment for me that I am free and have come here without any fear.”
Some of the Taliban now guarding the site are former prisoners. The government guards have fled and do not dare to return for fear of reprisal.
Although the facility is largely vacant, one section has incarcerated nearly 60 people over the past few weeks, with guards saying most of the accused were criminals and drug addicts.