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Over 28 Million Afghans Will Need Humanitarian Assistance in 2023, Says OCHA

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reported that 28.3 million people will need humanitarian and protection assistance in Afghanistan in 2023.

UN OCHA published a report on Thursday, December 1 stating that Afghanistan is still facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

Two-thirds of Afghanistan’s population will need humanitarian assistance in 2023 as the country will enter its third consecutive year of drought-like conditions and second year of crippling economic decline, the report published by OCHA reads.

OCHA reports that it is estimated that a record 28.3 million people in the country will need humanitarian and protection assistance in 2023, up from 24.4 million in 2022 and 18.4 million at the beginning of 2021.

About 20 million people will face severe hunger in the coming year, OCHA added.

Around 6 million people will be on the verge of food security and starvation and 4 million children and women will face malnutrition.

In the report by OCHA, it is stated that 30 out of 34 provinces of Afghanistan are facing severe water shortages. Out of 28.3 million people who need rescue assistance, humanitarian partners have considered and prioritized helping 23.7 million people. According to OCHA, this itself requires 4.62 billion US dollars.

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