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UN to provide humanitarian aides worth $20 million to Afghanistan

Mohammad Parwiz Arian

KABUL: In the wake of the severe crisis looming in Afghanistan, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund is due to support humanitarian aides worth $20 million in the war-torn country.

The aid was announced by the UN by UN Secretary General António Guterres at a High-Level meeting held to address the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan.

The UN secretary general stressed over the need to boost humanitarian access, including the airbridge with Kabul and other hubs in Afghanistan.

 “We need unimpeded access to get to hotspots quickly, safely monitor response and move relief items within the country. We need to safeguard the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan — including through access to education and other essential services,” he said.

 “We need to ensure that our humanitarian response saves lives but also saves livelihoods. The people of Afghanistan are facing the collapse of an entire country — all at once,” he said.

“Afghanistan faced a development emergency and we must protect the progress of the two last decades. In doing so, we must ensure that local economies remain functional; that people can stay in their communities and in their homes; that they have access to basic services, basic income and social protection,” the secretary general added.

 “Stopgap solutions are critical — but the Afghan people will need our support over the long haul. So, too, will Member States generously opening their doors to Afghans forced to flee their country.”

The U.S. ambassador to the UN announced that her country would provide 64 million dollar humanitarian aids, expecting that more aids would be provided after considering the situation in Afghanistan.

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