The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan Jean-Nicolas Marti has warned that the security situation will further deteriorate during the year, insisting that the world must not let the country become a forgotten crisis.
“The international community must keep their attention on Afghanistan. It’s far from being over. It’s not the time to switch off,” Marti quoted in a report by Reuters said.
He also expressed concerns regarding donor fatigue and ‘brain drain’ of educated professionals from the country amid worsening security situation.
Calling the security situation at levels not seen since 2001, Marti said “The security situation has really deteriorated … and my prediction is a further deterioration,” Marti said. “Potentially the 18 months ahead of us will be much tougher.”
“The message is (we need) to make sure that Afghanistan doesn’t become a forgotten or ignored conflict,” Marti added as he is meeting government officials in European capitals and Washington to press for greater political, financial and humanitarian support.
The remarks by Marti come as the level of violence has further escalated in the country with the rampant Taliban-led insurgency.
The Taliban group carried out a massive attack in capital Kabul on Tuesday, days after the group announced its spring offensive earlier this month, vowing to carry out more attacks across the country.