5.7 million people received cash aid in Afghanistan, WFP says

The World Food Program (WFP) has provided cash aid or vouchers to 5.7 million people in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2023.

The aid was distributed by WFP with the contributions of the UN Emergency Fund (CERF), the government of France, and Japan.

Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, the humanitarian situation has worsened in the country, with over two-thirds of the population, approximately 29.2 million people, now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

The country is also grappling with one of the highest rates of malnutrition, affecting approximately 2.3 million children and 840,000 pregnant and nursing mothers, who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition or moderate acute malnutrition.

The UN has appealed for $3.23 billion to assist 21.3 million people in Afghanistan. However, only 23% of the required funding has been received so far.