ICYMI – Afghan orphanages appeal for funding as billionaire-backed space race sends Captain Kirk to space
Children attend lessons at their orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 10, 2021. Orphanages like this play an outsize role in Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in wars that have ravaged the country for more than 40 years. The lack of funding, which has hit charities, non-governmental organisations and ordinary Afghans since the hardline Islamist Taliban movement took back control of the country, is forcing orphanage director Ahmad Khalil Mayan (not pictured) into tough choices. “Before we were providing them twice a week fruit and twice a week meat, but we cut those items to just once a week or maybe not even (that much)”. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
In the wake of a Taliban takeover, frozen foreign funds and aid, Afghan orphanages are being forced to make tough decisionsamid fears that their calls for help will go unanswered. Reuters spoke with Ahmad Khalil Mayan, director of a large Kabul orphanage, who says that he’s cutting back on the amount of fruit and meat he gives the children because the home is running out of money.
In stark contrast, billionaire Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origins launched another all-passenger crew into space. Star Trek actor William Shatner was on board and, at 90 years old, became the oldest person to venture into space. Shatner’s participation helped generate publicity for Blue Origin as it competes against two billionaire-backed rivals – Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.
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Kabul orphanage struggles to feed its children as cash runs low
The orphanage has been operational for more than a decade, and provides shelter for those who have lost both parents or just one who cannot afford to keep them.
Blue Origin launches Star Trek actor Shatner into space
After the flight, Shatner said the trip was “the most profound experience I can imagine” adding “I am so filled with emotion about what just happened.”
British lawmaker Amess stabbed multiple times in church
The tragedy has echoes of two similar cases, one in 2010 when lawmaker Stephen Timms survived a stabbing and another in 2016 when Labour’s Jo Cox was fatally shot days after the Brexit referendum.