The United Nations said on Tuesday it needs $5 billion in aid for Afghanistan in 2022 to avert a humanitarian disaster and offer a future to the devastated country after 40 years of suffering.
In its largest single-country appeal to date, the United Nations said $4.4 billion (3.9 billion euros) is needed within Afghanistan, while another $623 million is needed to support the millions of Afghans sheltering outside its borders. the wanted.
The United Nations said 22 million people inside Afghanistan and 5.7 million displaced Afghans in five neighboring countries need significant relief this year.
UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said: “An utter humanitarian catastrophe is on the way. My message is urgent: don’t close the door to the people of Afghanistan.”
“Help us overcome widespread hunger, disease, malnutrition and ultimately death.”
As the Taliban’s radical Islamist movement takes control of Afghanistan in mid-August, the country has plunged into financial chaos with rising inflation and unemployment.
Washington has frozen the nation’s billions of dollars in assets, while aid supplies have been severely curtailed.
Afghanistan also suffered its worst drought in decades in 2021.
Without the aid package, “there would be no future”, Griffith told reporters in Geneva.
’40 years of insecurity’
Griffiths said the appeal, if funded, would help aid agencies with the delivery of food and agricultural aid, health services, malnutrition treatment, emergency shelters, access to water and sanitation, security and education.
An estimated 4.7 million people will suffer from acute malnutrition in 2022, including 1.1 million children with severe acute malnutrition.
Griffiths said that without humanitarian aid, crisis, death, hunger and further mass displacement would follow, “robbing the people of Afghanistan in the hope that their country will be their home and support, now and in the near term”.
However, if international donors come forward, “we will see the opportunity for an Afghanistan that may eventually see the fruits of some sort of security.”
fear of bursting
Griffiths said the security situation for humanitarian organizations in Afghanistan was probably better now than it was in many years, adding that staff in the ministries in Kabul remained the same as before the Taliban takeover.
He said the UN Security Council’s move in December to help deliver humanitarian aid to desperate Afghans without violating international sanctions aimed at isolating the Taliban has made the operating environment more accessible to donors and humanitarians on the ground. made comfortable.
This money will go to 160 NGOs and UN agencies that provide aid. Some will be used to pay frontline workers such as healthcare staff – but not through the Taliban administration.
Griffiths said about eight million children could miss out on their education because teachers largely haven’t been paid since August.
UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said the aid package was aimed at stabilizing the situation within Afghanistan, including internally displaced people, to prevent an influx of migrants from the country’s borders.
“It will be difficult to manage that movement of people in and out of the region, as it will not stop in the region,” he said.
“If those efforts don’t succeed, we’ll have to ask for $10 billion next year, not $5 billion,” he said.
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