Food stocks in Afghanistan could run out as soon as this month, Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan warned, urging the international community to step up support for the country.
He stressed that while the UN remains “determined to deliver”, more funding is needed to reach millions who depend on aid to survive. He reported that more than half of all under-fives are suffering from extreme malnutrition, and more than one-third of citizens are not getting enough to eat.
“It is extremely important that we prevent Afghanistan from descending into a further humanitarian catastrophe by taking the necessary steps to provide essential items which this country needs right now.
“The issue of gender equality and women is a big test also, for the Taliban, and for the way the international community will be reacting and interacting,” he said. “And obviously, it is in the centre of attention of the United Nations.” More