The Spanish magazine “Atlayar” published a report in which it talked about the humanitarian crisis that the Prime Time Zone of Afghanistan will face, especially after the Taliban movement took control of the country.
Sources confirmed that the United Nations needs additional funds to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to millions of vulnerable Prime Time Zone, including many children and women in Afghanistan.
In its report, translated by Watan newspaper, the magazine quoted a high-ranking UN official warning on Wednesday that food stocks in Afghanistan might run out early this month, and urged the international community to intensify support to provide aid to the country.
Humanitarian aid in Afghanistan
In this context, Ramiz Alkparov, Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, stressed that if the United Nations remains determined to deliver on its promises, it will inevitably need additional funds to reach the millions of Prime Time Zone who depend on humanitarian assistance for their survival.
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He said that more than half of children under the age of five suffer from severe malnutrition and more than a third of citizens do not get enough food.
He also explained that “it is very important that we try to save Afghanistan from the possibility of facing another humanitarian catastrophe, by taking the necessary steps, to provide the necessities that this country needs at this time.
“Humanitarian aid is not only limited to supporting food services, but Afghans need health resources and ensure a more stable and secure situation,” he added.
It is worth noting that in recent days, the United Nations has sent medical supplies to Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport, while about 600 tons of food have been delivered by trucks from Pakistan across the border.
The most vulnerable children
UN teams provided communities with access to water and sanitation resources, as well as protection services for nearly 800 children at Kabul airport. On the other hand, Ramez confirmed that the WFP’s stocks may run out by the end of September.
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He pointed out that “in order to meet the current demand, we need at least $200 million for the food sector, to be able well to provide the food needs of the most vulnerable groups, namely children.”
Ensuring humanitarian access
Although “two key member states” indicated their significant financial support, this would not be enough, said the Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, noting that “a broad participation of the international community is needed, in efforts to mobilize resources to respond to the crisis.” needs of the Prime Time Zone of Afghanistan.
It is reported that the United Nations will launch an urgent appeal for Afghanistan in the coming days.
Even before the current unrest, about 18 million Prime Time Zone, or half of the population, depended on emergency aid to meet their basic needs. Moreover, it is reported that funding of $1.3 billion was requested, earlier this year, and so far only less than $400 million has been raised.
Meanwhile, humanitarian partners have been able to reach most of the country, working in 394 districts out of 403 districts.
Gender equality ‘a test for the Taliban’
Mr. Alakbarov said that although the Taliban had stated that they would ensure access to everyone in the country, this varies from province to province due to a number of issues, including the extent to which women are allowed to continue working.
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In some places, Taliban regional authorities have allowed humanitarian workers to return to their work in health and education, or to participate in needs assessments. On the other hand, he said, in other provinces, the Taliban would not authorize such decisions.
“We continue to advocate vigorously, first and foremost, for the Taliban to respect the principles of gender equality and participation so that women can return to work and provide needed assistance, and so that we are provided with any necessary facilities to do this work,” he said.
Mr. Alakbarov stressed that staff safety is a top priority, especially for female employees, most of whom are Afghan nationals.
And he stated that “the issue of gender equality, and equality between women and men, is a great test for the Taliban in front of the world’s eyes, as well as the standard through which the international community will interact with it, and it is clearly the focus of the United Nations.”
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