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Millions in Afghanistan face dire consequences as humanitarian funding falls short, UN warns

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan (OCHA) has called for funding to continue providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

OCHA warned in a tweet on Wednesday that “The price of doing nothing has never been higher.”

At the end of a two-day summit in Doha on May 2, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that 28 million people in Afghanistan are in need of humanitarian assistance, and only $294 million has been raised out of the $4.6 billion funding required.

The Taliban’s severe restrictions on women and girls have made some donor countries hesitant, according to Samantha Power, the head of USAID, who recently warned that the people of Afghanistan faced a “very difficulty” year ahead.