Thousands of Afghans Vote for the Islamic Republic of Iran over the Taliban

Thousands of Afghans Vote for the Islamic Republic of Iran over the Taliban

Some 4,000 to 5,000 Afghans have crossed into Iran every day since the Taliban occupied Kabul in August, aid group Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Wednesday.

Ummatimes - The NRC says as many as 300,000 Afghans have crossed the border since the Taliban victory. The aid group called for more international support for Iran, which is grappling with a deep economic crisis.

"Iran cannot be expected to host so many Afghans with so little support from the international community," NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland said in a statement.

"There must be an immediate increase in aid, both in Afghanistan and in neighboring countries like Iran, before the deadly winter."

The Taliban's surprise victory as the last US troops prepare to leave Afghanistan has prompted a mass exodus of Western-backed government officials and Afghans at risk.

The sudden end of international support and the freezing of Afghanistan's central bank assets held overseas have also pushed the country closer to economic collapse, raising fears of refugee crises such as the 2015 exodus from Syria that rocked Europe.

Iran and Pakistan together host about 90 percent of the 5 million Afghans who have fled abroad, although not all of them are counted as refugees.

"We commend Iran for welcoming and hosting millions of Afghan refugees over the past four decades. But now the international community must step up to support Afghanistan's neighbors," Egeland said.

United Nations agencies say 22.8 million people -- more than half of Afghanistan's 39 million population -- face acute food insecurity compared with 14 million two months ago.