Aid agencies will continue providing humanitarian assistance to Afghans

Aid agencies will continue providing humanitarian assistance to Afghans

We will continue providing humanitarian aids to millions in need in Afghanistan, said a joint statement issued by UN and international humanitarian organizations on May 24.

The ongoing conflict, lack of food, and impact of coronavirus have caused the number of people in need to increase from 9.4 million in 2020 to 18.4 million in 2021, according to the statement.

Expressing concern over the ongoing violence and civilian casualties in Afghanistan, the statement said that in this year alone, more than 100,000 people have been displaced due to conflicts across the country.

In 2020, as many as 12 million people were helped by the UN and 165 NGOs.

Despite a low budget and operational challenges, these organizations succeeded to help 3.7 million people in the first three months of this year.

In the current year, USD 1.3 billion is needed by the organizations to help 15.7 million people in need of which 13 percent of the budget, 166.8 percent have been received so far.

They called on the international community and donor countries to increase humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

The statement also called on warring parties to protect civilians, aid workers, and civilian infrastructures that include schools and hospitals.