UN Seeks $4.5B to Assist Vulnerable Afghans

  • Date of Publication : 2/12/2021 at 16:37 GMT
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The United Nations is seeking to triple its Afghanistan-focused programs in light of the “various needs and circumstances” of the country.

The UN organization stated it is seeking $4.5 billion to help vulnerable people around the world in 2022, and cited the crisis in Afghanistan as an example of the need.

“We never left Afghanistan and we are there now with a projected programme for 2022 three times, three times the size of the program for 2021 because of the various needs and circumstances that you know so well,” said Martin Griffiths, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

“The absence of cash in Afghanistan is a major impediment to any delivery of services,” he added. “I am hoping that we get it up and running before the end of this month.”

With the fall of the former government, the freezing of Afghan assets and the shortage of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, the country has recently plunged into a severe economic crisis.

Hazrat Gul, 43, is working as a shoe polisher in the capital, Kabul. Gul said that he has been struggling with dire economic problems.

“I pay 3,000 Afs rent. I come here every morning, but I still can’t provide food for my family,” he said.

“The Islamic Emirate doesn’t have good relations with the UN and therefore the UN is concerned about the aid and stresses it should be directly handed over to the vulnerable people,” said Khwaja Fahim Abasi, a university instructor.

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