UNICEF Urges 1.65 Billion USD to Help Children in Afghanistan

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says there is a need for an amount of $10.3 billion to help 173 million people, including 110 million children.

According to the appeal started on Monday, December 5, Afghanistan is still at the top of the countries in need of immediate assistance. An amount of 1.65 billion US dollars is needed to help the children in this country, UNICEF added.

UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said that children need humanitarian assistance more than ever before. “Across the globe, children are facing a historic confluence of crises from – conflict and displacement to infectious disease outbreaks and soaring rates of malnutrition,” she added.

According to her, climate change has worsened the situation and created new crises.

Previously, UNAMA stated, “Afghanistan is one of the least prepared countries for climate shocks, but it is ranked the sixth most affected in the world to climate-related threats.”

“It is critical that we have the right support to reach children with decisive and timely humanitarian action”, Russell added.

Afghanistan has faced a humanitarian crisis since the return of the Taliban back to power in August 2021. Currently, more than half of the country’s population needs immediate assistance.

UNICEF has said that $1.65 billion is needed to prevent disaster and meet the critical humanitarian needs of 19 million people in Afghanistan, including 10 million needy children.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.