UN issues largest ever appeal for aid from a single country – a global issue

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator speaks in Geneva Martin Griffith The Afghan Humanitarian Response Plan alone requires $4.4 billion to be “directly paid” to health workers and others, not de facto authorities, he said.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi Called for $623 million for the Afghanistan Situation Regional Refugee Response Plan to support refugees and host communities in five neighboring countries.

“Today, we are launching a $4.4 billion appeal for Afghanistan itself in 2022,” Mr Griffith said. “This is the largest ever appeal for humanitarian aid by a single country, three times the amount needed, and is actually being raised in 2021.”

Demand could double

Both UN officials stressed that the scale of the needs was already huge, and warned that if action now is not enough to support the Afghan and regional response plans, “we will be asking for $10 billion next year”.

Mr Griffith added: “This is a stopgap measure, an absolutely necessary stopgap measure that we have before the international community today. Without this funding there is no future and we need to do this or it will flow out , there will be suffering.”

Mr Griffith rejected questions that the money would be used to support the Taliban’s control of the de facto government, insisting the money would go directly into the pockets of “field nurses and health officials” so those services could continue, not As support for the national structure.

The UN aid agency has described Afghanistan’s plight as one of the fastest-growing humanitarian crises in the world.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Humanitarian Coordination Office, half the population now faces acute hunger, more than 9 million people are displaced and millions of children are out of school.

In Kabul, Afghanistan, displaced families face harsh winters and food shortages.

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In Kabul, Afghanistan, displaced families face harsh winters and food shortages.

The plight of young people

When asked what might happen without adequate support, the UN emergency relief chief responded that he was particularly concerned about the 1 million children now facing severe acute malnutrition. “One million children – numbers on this scale are hard to grasp – but if these things don’t happen, it’s shocking that a million children are at risk of this kind of malnutrition.”

But Mr Griffith explained that humanitarian agencies and their partners, who will receive the funding they need directly, can only do so much, before reiterating his support for the 22 December UN General Assembly. Security Council The resolution clears the way for aid to reach Afghans, while preventing funds from falling into the hands of the Taliban.

“Humanitarian agencies in Afghanistan can only operate if there is cash in the economy to pay officials, salaries, costs, fuel, etc.,” he said. “So phase one mobility is a humanitarian issue, not just a larger economic issue.”

Avoid sickness and hunger

He added: “My message is urgent: don’t close the door on the Afghan people. Humanitarian partners are on the ground, and despite the challenges, they are helping. Help us scale up and help us by supporting the humanitarian program we are launching today. Avoid widespread starvation, disease, malnutrition and eventual death.”

Emphasizing the need to avoid a wider regional crisis originating in Afghanistan, UNHCR Chief Grandi insists that what is most needed is “stabilization of the situation within Afghanistan, including the situation of internally displaced persons. Also, to prevent a bigger crisis of refugee, a bigger crisis of external displacement.”

Nonetheless, Mr Grandi explained that Afghanistan’s immediate neighbours have provided shelter for vulnerable Afghans for decades, and he called for 40 people working in protection, health and nutrition, food security, housing and non-food items, water and sanitation. The facility’s organization provides $623 million in funding for livelihoods and resilience, education, logistics and telecommunications.

In Kabul, Afghanistan, displaced families face harsh winters and food shortages.

© UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

In Kabul, Afghanistan, displaced families face harsh winters and food shortages.

Decades of asylum

No one should forget that “this crisis has a regional dimension, represented by Afghan refugees, but also includes Afghans with many other ‘stay’ arrangements in neighbouring countries,” Mr Grandi said, “especially in Pakistan and Iran, which has hosted Afghans for over 40 years, has also hosted Central Asian countries.”

The rights of women and girls have continued to be attacked since the Taliban took over last August, Humanitarian Coordination Office “Farmers and pastoralists are struggling with the worst drought in decades and the economy is in free fall,” it said in a statement.

Rights reminder

On the protection of fundamental rights, Mr Griffith highlighted the fact that UN humanitarian workers continue to have a “dialogue” at the national and local levels with Afghanistan’s de facto authorities on issues such as aid and education for all.

Responding to this message, UN Refugee Chief Mr. Grandi noted that humanitarian workers on the ground have clearly emphasized the importance of protecting the rights of minorities and other vulnerable Afghans.

“Our colleagues are there every day and that’s what they talk about every day; of course they talk about acquisition, delivery and demand, but they also talk about women at work, women in school — girls in school — minorities rights, but that’s a space we need to keep.”

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