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UN vows to provide aid for Afghans, despite political obstacles

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KABUL: The humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan will continue despite political issues that have gripped the war-torn country.

The UN Secretary General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov, however, emphasizes on ensuring the human rights of the citizens in the country. 

“I am very proud to say that…, the agencies present at this table were able to reach 18- more than 18 million people in Afghanistan with life-saving assistance,” he said.  

He made the remarks at a joint press conference in Kabul today.

The Islamic Emirate pledged of providing aid in a transparent manner to the people who are in need and that a scheme has been finalized in this regard.

“This conference was held to increase our coordination in distributing aid,” said Din Mohmmad Hanif, Minister of Economy.  

To tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the UN said it needs to collect 4.4 billion dollars as the country has been severely hit by the crisis in a variety of ways.

“As many of you already know and as we have already heard,” said Isabelle Moussard Carlsen, Head of UNOCHA, Afghanistan. “… 24.4 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.”

The freeze of the Afghan assets and suspension of international aid are said to be the main reason for the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan, in addition to the internal issues including the 20-year long conflicts and drastic drought.

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