UNITED NATIONS (AA) – The UN on Thursday painted a bleak picture of the conditions in Afghanistan, warning that what was an already desperate humanitarian situation across the country will only get worse for millions of people as winter approaches.
”More than 28 million people – two-thirds of the entire population – will need humanitarian assistance, up from 18 million people just two years ago,” said Joyce Msuya, UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs. ”A staggering 20 million people are already in crisis.”
Msuya said that Afghanistan is one of the countries with the world’s highest number of people at risk of famine.
The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan on Aug. 15, 2021, followed by the disruption of international financial assistance has left the worn-torn country in economic, humanitarian and human rights crises.
”Families now spend at least 75% of their income on food, leaving little for other essential needs such as healthcare, education and emergencies,” she said.
”We urgently require $150 million, at a minimum, to secure the stocks of supplies we need, such as food and shelter materials.”