Photo: WFP Afghanistan

UN wings over 1,500 flights to deliver aid to Afghanistan

The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has flown more than 1,500 flights in Afghanistan to deliver aid since the beginning of this year.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said in a tweet on Sunday that these flights facilitated the transportation of 8,500 passengers and 19 tons of essential humanitarian supplies, including medications and vaccines to provide for healthcare needs.

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has worsened since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, making it one of the world’s most critical crises. Over two-thirds of the population, approximately 28.8 million people, now require urgent humanitarian assistance.

Humanitarian organizations estimate that $2.26 billion is needed until December 2023 to provide essential multi-sectoral assistance to 20 million people.

However, funding shortfalls and the complex operational environment have compounded humanitarian efforts.