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UN appeals for $4.6 billion to assist 24 million people in Afghanistan

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) announced today that its partners have declared their readiness to increase humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Despite a challenging environment, partners are ready to scale up aid in one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. With timely and generous donor support, partners reached 26.1M people with some form of aid in 2022. This year, $4.6B is required to assist 23.7M people,” UNOCHA said in a tweet on Thursday.

Afghanistan continues to grapple with one of the most severe humanitarian crises worldwide, as per the latest report by UNOCHA published on December 1. With the country witnessing its third consecutive year of drought conditions and second year of economic decline, the organization estimates that nearly two-thirds of Afghanistan’s population will require humanitarian aid in 2023.

The crisis has pushed an estimated 6 million Afghans to the brink of starvation, and nearly 4 million women and children to suffer from malnutrition.

The announcement comes at a critical time, as Afghanistan faces a deepening humanitarian crisis following the recent political upheaval and economic turmoil. The situation has further been exacerbated by the Taliban’s restrictive measures, especially in delivering aid due to the ban on women’s work, leading to international aid organizations and donor countries reevaluating their commitments to Afghanistan.