KABUL: In a shocking new revelation, more people are now in desperate need of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. OCHA in its new report has found that 28.8 million Afghans need aid and over $2.26 billion is required to deliver prioritized multi-sectoral assistance to 20 million people.
Since January 2023 at least half a million more people have lost their ability to provide for their families as Afghanistan is facing a severe humanitarian crisis and economic hardship as billions of dollars of Afghanistan’s foreign assets remain frozen.
This is as the United Nations and humanitarian agencies have revised the budget for Afghanistan’s aid plan for 2023 to $3.2 billion, down from $4.6 billion earlier in the year.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement that a “changing operating context” in the wake of Taliban administration restrictions on female aid workers had contributed to the revised plan, according to Reuters.
International aid agencies and economists are calling for consistent aid to be delivered to prevent a humanitarian crisis.
Within the past two years since the collapse of the government, most of the aid was for humanitarian purposes and humanitarian crises. Unfortunately, in the meantime, there has been no economic aid that can alleviate the humanitarian crisis and also create job opportunities.
The Taliban however have made promises to launch development projects to help alleviate poverty and economic crisis.