UNHCR spokesperson, Shabia Mantoo, told reporters in a press briefing in Geneva, that an estimated 8.2 million refugees, including 2 million registered, from Afghanistan were living in the country’s neighbours, majority in Iran and Pakistan. An estimated 1.6 million people had fled Afghanistan since the Taliban’s return to power, UNHCR said.
“The UN and its partners are appealing to the international community not to forget or neglect the people of Afghanistan. Humanitarian partners remain on the ground, and they are delivering assistance and protection inside Afghanistan and in the region, despite the challenges.
“Millions of Afghans are looking to the international community for support, and to their country’s interim leaders for peace, security, and opportunity. Financial support remains critical to stave off wide-spread hunger, disease, malnutrition and, ultimately, death.”
UNHCR further added that it only received 52 per cent of the $623 million it had appealed for in 2022. Adding that “Despite the shortfall, UNHCR and partners have been able to support millions of Afghans and their hosts in neighbouring countries.”