UN Cuts Staff in Afghanistan

The deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan has prompted the United Nations to cut its foreign staff in the southern city of Kandahar.

“There has been a temporary reduction,” Susan Manuel, spokeswoman for the U.N. mission in Kabul, told The Star. “We’re trying to determine the profile of the staff, or who needs to be there doing what.”

Human rights group Afghanistan Rights Monitor expressed concern over the impact of the staff cut.

“There will be an inadequate response from the international community and the Afghanistan government doesn’t have the capacity to respond,” according to Ajmal Samadi, director of Afghanistan Rights Monitor in Kabul. “The UN should alleviate the suffering, not retreat from it. It shouldn’t leave people behind.”

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.