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SCA partially ceases operations following the Taliban’s Swedish ban

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) says it has partially ceased its operations following the Taliban’s ban on activities by Swedish entities in Afghanistan.

The Committee said in a statement on Tuesday that it will continue its dialogue with the Taliban authorities to “find a way forward” to resume operations.

“SCA stands firm in its commitment to support the Afghan people and will do its utmost to secure the necessary approvals to promptly resume operations,” the statement stated.

“We continue to seek engagement and dialogue with authorities at regional and national levels to find a way forward.”

Meanwhile, SCA has asked its 8,000 employees across 18 provinces to work from home.

On July 11, the Taliban suspended all Swedish activities in Afghanistan in protest against the burning of the Quran in Sweden, which the SCA condemned in its recent statement. The group has demanded an apology from Sweden.

Last year, the SCA said, the organization provided medical assistance to 2.5 million patients in their clinics in Wardak and Nuristan provinces. While 133,000 children received education in their schools, more than 20,000 people with disabilities were supported.