UN warns of humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

UN warns of humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan
Aid organisations have warned there is an urgent need for food and medical supplies. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The United Nations warns of a major humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and is seeking to raise more than $600m in aid for the country.

UN will hold a conference in Geneva on Monday where the organization will call for international support following the Taliban takeover last month.

It said: “Afghans urgently need food, medicine, health services, safe water [and] sanitation”.

The UN added that the $600m target would bring “vital relief” to millions.

A statement from the UN said that Afghanistan faces an extremely dire situation and is confronted with protracted conflict, severe drought and the coronavirus pandemic in a context where… almost half of the population of the country were already in need of aid.

“Recent developments have increased their vulnerability. The economy is grinding to a halt with cash in short supply. Concern for the rights of women and girls is rising,” the statement added.

Even before the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan in August, more than 550,000 people had been forced to leave their homes this year due to fighting.

That means an estimated 3.5 million Afghans are internally displaced within the country right now.

Meanwhile, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, tweeted that he had arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday to “assess the country’s acute humanitarian needs and the situation of 3.5 million displaced Afghans”.

The people of Afghanistan have also had to deal with food shortages as well as a severe drought.

Top UN officials will be attended on Monday’s conference as well as aid organizations including the Red Cross and various international governments.

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