UN warns: aid is about to run out in Afghanistan

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The United Nations (UN) has warned that basic services have collapsed in Afghanistan and that food and other life-saving aid are on the verge of running out.

Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), briefed on humanitarian aid in Afghanistan during the press conference held at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

Declaring that an international conference on “Afghanistan” will be held at ministerial level, chaired by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in Geneva on September 13, Laerke said: “We are asking for $ 606 million in aid. to help approximately 11 million people in the remaining four months of 2021. ”mentioned.

Laerke, noting that the Afghanistan Conference is an opportunity to respond to the funding they are requesting, “We call on international donors to quickly and generously support this appeal.” he said.

BASIC SERVICES FAILURE, HELP PASSES

Stating that 8 million people have received humanitarian aid in Afghanistan this year alone, Laerke said: “But basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing and food and other life-saving aid is running out. made the warning.

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Laerke recalled that Secretary General Guterres had warned of a humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan.

Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), said about 600,000 civilians have been displaced in Afghanistan since the start of 2021.

Baloch noted that the number of internally displaced Afghans has reached 3.5 million.

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