UN has received just over 4% of its $4.4 billion humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that only 4.2% of the $4.4 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan in 2023 had been funded so far.

In a Facebook post on Monday, OCHA said that the lack of funding was “a major concern” and that it was “jeopardizing the lives of millions of people”.

“Without urgent resources, millions of people risk missing out on lifesaving aid, including food, water, healthcare and shelter,” OCHA said.

Afghanistan’s economy collapsed following the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021, turning the country, according to the UN, into the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.

Over 28 million people in Afghanistan depend on aid for survival, according to the UN, with 6 million on the verge of famine.