Least 124 people and 70,000 livestock have died in afghanistan in the past fortnight due to freezing temperatures. the taliban has banned afghan women from working for non-governmental organisations and the edict will not be changed, hindering relief operations. military helicopters have been sent to rescue people in areas cut off by snow and the international community must accept afghanistan’s islamic culture.
Deaths and losses occurred over the past two weeks in rural areas without access to healthcare. temperatures are expected to warm in the next 10 days, but this is the worst weather in a decade. men from every family are participating in relief efforts, so there is no need for women. the united nations is urgently trying to find ways to work around the ban.
Freezing temperatures have caused cars to get stuck in the mountains, resulting in the death of passengers. the taliban minister is concerned about the rising death toll of afghans and their livestock. winters are always harsh in afghanistan, but the taliban edict barring afghan women from working in aid agencies has hampered relief operations.