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‘9.4m Afghans in need of humanitarian aid in 2020’

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KABUL: Some 9.4 million people have been identified in need of humanitarian assistance in 2020 across the country in the Afghanistan, Humanitarian Needs Overview published on Tuesday.

“Afghanistan is now the scene of the deadliest conflict on earth. Fighting continues to rage, exposing civilians, particularly women and children, to daily deadly risks, prompting mass displacement and choking the country’s unstable economy,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) said in the overview.

Years of shocks have left an acutely vulnerable population with few economic resources, an eroded capacity to cope with the unfolding crisis and little hope of recovery if the current conditions persist.

In light of this bleak outlook, a revised approach has been applied for 2020 that maintains the HCT’s prioritisation of emergency needs but also extends the scope of analysis to include vulnerable people with ongoing need for support, as well as people who require resilience and recovery assistance to prevent them slipping into more severe humanitarian need.

In these circumstances, humanitarian organisations have identified 9.4 million people in need for 2020. The related 2020 revision to Afghanistan’s multi-year HRP (2018-2021) will follow in the coming weeks.

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