Wednesday morning Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to United States representatives and President Biden in a desperate plea. He also played a video showing the horrors the Ukrainian people are living through.
Zelensky said to President Biden, “I see no sense in life if it cannot stop the death,” he said. “President Biden, you are the leader of our great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world means being the leader of peace.”
Zelensky stated, “remember Pearl Harbor…Remember September 11th…Our country experiences this every day, right now, at this moment, every night for three weeks now.” Being able to “close the skies over Ukraine” means the U.S. could shoot down Russian aircraft that flies over Ukraine in an act of war.
Zelensky once again asked for a ‘no fly zone’ over Ukraine so Russian aircraft could not attack from above. Also, Zelensky suggested creating a new union of “responsible countries” that have the “strength and consciousness to stop conflict immediately.” That would be done by imposing sanctions, providing humanitarian support, and as a result, would “keep peace” and “save the world and save lives.”
“If such an alliance existed today, we could save many lives in our country.” Zelensky also proposed that the U.S. sanction all politicians in the Russian Federation; those who are “responsible for aggression in Ukraine.”
Zelensky also asked that American companies halt doing business in the Russian market immediately and suggested ports should be closed for Russian goods. “Peace is more important than income.”
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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago
The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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