Tuesday, March 5, 2024

UNICEF says some Taliban support girls’ education

The UN children’s agency (UNICEF) said Taliban representatives in some parts of Afghanistan have expressed support for educating girls after they seized control when U.S. troops withdrew, its field operations chief for the country said.

Mustapha Ben Messaoud, UNICEF’s chief of field operations in Afghanistan, said some Taliban local representatives had said they were waiting for guidance on the issue from their leaders, while others have said they want schools to run for girls.

“We are cautiously optimistic on moving forward,” he told a UN briefing in Geneva.

Meanwhile, the Taliban has declared an amnesty across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government, trying to calm nerves across a tense capital city that only the day before saw chaos at its airport as thousands mobbed the city’s international airport in a desperate attempt to flee.

The Taliban have declared the war in Afghanistan over and a senior leader said the group would wait until foreign forces had left before creating a new governance structure

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