The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated to its lowest point since the U.S. and its allies overthrew Taliban rule in the country in 2001, hampering the operations of aid organizations, the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a rare press conference in Kabul.
“The sheer fact the ICRC has organized a press conference is an expression of us being extremely concerned of yet another year of fighting with dramatic consequences for an ever growing number of people in by now almost the entire country,” Reto Stocker, who heads ICRC’s office in Afghanistan, said as quoted by The New York Times. The newspaper notes that the organization typically avoids the public eye.
Stocker also said that the number of armed groups in the country have multiplied over the past years.
“We are entering a new, rather murky phase in the conflict in which the proliferation of armed groups threatens the ability of humanitarian organizations to reach the people who need their help,” he said, according to The Washington Times. “The conflict is now in its 10th year. It is spreading. There is no end in sight.”