Senior UN Official: Hopes in Afghanistan Have Been Dashed

Bayan News – Martin Griffiths, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, has said that there were hopes in the early days of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, but these hopes have now been dashed.

The UN official, who was speaking at his final press conference on Tuesday (June 4) as the humanitarian and emergency relief coordinator, added that he had traveled to Kabul on behalf of the UN Secretary-General to meet with the Taliban’s current leadership, and this visit took place shortly after they came to power.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General stated: “We had hopes at that time. In fact, we had written commitments on how we could move forward with the Taliban, and those hopes have been dashed.”

Griffiths also noted that the Taliban’s decrees against women and girls are one of the factors that have led to the destruction of hopes in the country.

It is worth noting that after taking power in Afghanistan, the Taliban has issued more than 50 restrictive decrees against women and girls. Banning girls’ education, prohibiting women from working in government offices, and restricting women’s social mobility are among the most important limitations imposed by the Taliban against women and girls.

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