Deborah Lyons, head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan, said six months of indecision is “eroding vital social and economic coping systems,” pushing the Afghan population into greater uncertainty.
As the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Lyons thanked donors for humanitarian contributions since last August.
That’s when the last U.S. forces left Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war.
Lyons said the worst possible outcome, famine and widespread starvation during winter, has been averted because of humanitarian support.
However, she told U.N. council members humanitarian relief isn’t the same as giving hope to the Afghan people or building a strong foundation for self-reliance.