Afghanistan Aid operations facing serious funding gap: UN

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Afghanistan under Taliban rule, the United Nations has said that aid operations in Afghanistan are facing a serious funding gap, according to ToloNews. According to data from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), less than 25 per cent of a US$3.2 billion appeal for aid to more than 21 million people nationwide has been funded, the deputy spokesperson said. According to Farhan Haque Principal Secretary.

“On Afghanistan, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has warned that aid operations in the country face a serious funding gap as humanitarian needs remain dire. More than halfway through the year, a US$3.2 billion appeal to help more than 21 million people across the country is less than 25 per cent funded. There is a significant funding shortfall of US$1.3 billion, with many programs already terminated or substantially reduced due to insufficient resources and the risk of imminent rupture of aid pipelines, including food aid. Our humanitarian partners warn that we have a short window of opportunity to get and position critical aid and supplies before the low season and winter begin, Farhan Haq told a briefing, according to TOLOnews.

According to some analysts, as humanitarian aid declines, the economic situation of the country’s citizens will worsen. According to TOLOnews, economist Azerkhash Hafezi said, “It would be disastrous to cut aid in a situation where Afghanistan does not have a traditional economy and needs international aid, and the poor people who depend on this aid have to live with their bread and butter.” Gotta wash your hands.”

Twenty million Afghans, or 44 per cent of the country’s population, do not have access to enough food, according to a previous assessment by the International Committee of the Red Cross, TOLOnews reports. Notably, Afghanistan is facing its worst humanitarian crisis under the Taliban and the country’s women are denied fundamental rights. According to the assessment of the World Food Programme, Afghanistan is one of the countries with extreme food insecurity, with nine million people affected by severe economic hardship and hunger.

Since the Taliban seized power in August 2021, the law and order situation in the country has deteriorated, with cases of terrorism and blasts increasing. The group banned women from attending school. Later in December last year, he banned women from attending universities and working with aid agencies. Earlier this year the Taliban also banned salons, a major source of employment for women.

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