UN warns of Afghan food crisis as Taliban parades seized weapons

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Taliban has yet to form a new government, and its international recognition remains in question preventing resumption of most foreign aid.

The United Nations has warned that Afghanistan could face a food crisis within a month, leaving one out of three people hungry, as the country’s Taliban rulers try to form a new government to run the country.

“The situation in Afghanistan from a humanitarian perspective continues to be extremely tense,” Ramiz Alakbarov, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, said on Wednesday, adding that more than half of the children in the country are already struggling to find the next meal.

Al Jazeera has learned that in recent days food prices in Afghanistan have increased by about 50 percent, while petrol has increased as much as 75 percent.

With most of the international aid shut, Alakbarov pointed out that government services cannot function and public employees are unable to receive their salaries.

The Taliban has yet to form a new government, and their international recognition remains in question, preventing the resumption of foreign aid.

Earlier on Wednesday, the group paraded in Kandahar some of the military hardware, including Humvees and armoured fighting vehicles they captured during their takeover of Afghanistan.

At least one Black Hawk helicopter has also been reported flying over Kandahar in recent days, suggesting someone from the former Afghan army was at the controls as the Taliban lacks pilots, according to the AFP news agency.

Meanwhile, a Qatar Airways flight has landed in Kabul carrying a team that would help get the airport running again as a lifeline for aid.

Here are the latest updates:

2 hours ago (23:30 GMT)

Fears raised for safety of Hazaras after Taliban takeover

The safety of Afghanistan’s minority Hazara community could be in jeopardy following the takeover of the Taliban group in the country.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Abdul Ghafoor, director of Afghanistan Migrants Advice and Support Organization, revealed that at least 14 Hazaras were killed after they surrendered to the Taliban in Daikundi province.

“There’s no amnesty for no one to be honest with you. They are going after the journalists, they are going after the activists, after the people who were in the government,” he said.

I discussed the killing of 14 #Hazaras on @AJEnglish, who had surrendered to Taliban in Daikundi province but were still killed by the Taliban. Full video in the first comment . pic.twitter.com/A2R656STnc

— abdul ghafoor (@ghafoorazad) September 1, 2021

3 hours ago (22:44 GMT)

Influential US legislator says recognition of Taliban possible

Gregory Meeks, the Democratic chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he would not rule out recognising a Taliban-led government in the future, but he stressed that the group must live up to its commitments to respect human rights.

Speaking to MSNBC, Meeks said relations with the Vietnamese government were once thought impossible after the US withdrawal from the country, but Washington now enjoys warm ties with Hanoi.

“So you never say never, but there’s a lot that the Taliban has to do to show that they’re going to really uphold the principles of … human rights,” Meeks said.

3 hours ago (22:11 GMT)

US looking at land routes to continue evacuations

The United States is exploring ways to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies looking to leave Afghanistan, including via land routes, US officials said.

US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said the Biden administration is engaged in “ongoing intensive diplomatic work” to help US citizens and Afghan allies wishing to leave Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

“We are looking at all possible options – air routes, land routes to continue to find ways for them to help evacuate and to support them in that,” she said.

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