KABUL: Around 13 million Afghan children are in grave need of international assistance as Afghanistan has griped with a severe humanitarian crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF ).
“Afghanistan is a tough place to be a child, there are huge challenges right now in being a child. There are 13 million in need of humanitarian aid, there are 4 million out of school. We know that 8 out of 10 people in Afghanistan are drinking water that is infected with bacteria. We need to do better for the children of Afghanistan,” said Sam Mort, communications chief for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Mort urged the international donors to provide two billion dollar aid immediately for Afghan educational and health services. “The needs are enormous–in support of that UNICEF Afghanistan launched the largest single-country appeal ever in UNICEF’s 75-year history, for two billion dollars to support the children and families of Afghanistan. At the moment it is only 15 percent funded, so we are urgently asking our donors for more funding,” Mort added.