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Afghanistan: UN agencies sound alarm over emergency aid supply logjam

UN humanitarian agencies are warning that they are unable to bring urgently needed emergency supplies into Afghanistan, and are calling for a “humanitarian air bridge” to be set up immediately, to allow the unimpeded delivery of medicines and other aid supplies to the country.

In a media interview on Monday, Richard Brennan, the WHO Regional Director, explained that the agency is unable to bring some 500 tonnes of medical supplies, scheduled to be delivered this week, into the country, because of restrictions at Kabul airport, which is struggling to cope with a massive evacuation effort.

The World Food Programme said that its operations have been continuing throughout Afghanistan, including food distributions and drought assessments. This past week alone, WFP has reached 80,000 people with some 600 metric tonnes of food commodities that came across land borders.

At the noon briefing for UN correspondents, the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, underlined the importance of women’s rights, amid widespread fears that the Taliban will bring in repressive policies. He pointed out that the UN’s humanitarian colleagues have stressed that women “must be able to work in order for Afghanistan to function, for their survival and so that they can provide for their families”. More

Afghanistan: UN agencies urge Taliban to make good on promises to protect vulnerable

Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of the Taliban takeover in the country where humanitarian needs remain critical and widespread among existing and newly displaced populations, UN agencies said on Tuesday.

Some 18 million people in the country need aid assistance and one in three children is expected to be severely malnourished this year, said UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF. Speaking via Zoom from the capital Kabul, the agency’s chief of field operations & emergencies, Mustapha Ben Messaoud, reported seeing hungry infants, some with terrible wounds after clashes between the country’s new rulers and Afghan Security Forces.

Isabelle Moussard Carlsen, Head of the UN Humanitarian Office (OCHA) in Afghanistan, told UN News that some 16 million people in the country are in need of aid.

Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, United Nations DSRSG, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator on UN, released a statement on the UN’s aid response in Afghanistan .‘The United Nations in Afghanistan reiterate their commitment to stay and deliver aid to millions of people in need in the country. More

Note to Correspondents – on Afghanistan

The Secretary-General spoke today to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, his Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, to express his appreciation of Qatar’s efforts to promote dialogue between the Taliban and Afghan parties.

The Secretary-General hopes that these efforts will lead to an inclusive and peaceful transition.

New York

17 August 2021

Note to Correspondents – on Afghanistan

The Secretary-General is following with deep concern the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan. He urges the Taliban and all other parties to exercise utmost restraint in order to protect lives and ensure that humanitarian needs can be addressed.

Conflict is forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. There continue to be reports of serious human rights abuses and violations in the communities most affected by the fighting. The Secretary-General is particularly concerned about the future of women and girls, whose hard-won rights must be protected. All abuses must stop. He calls on the Taliban and all other parties to ensure that international humanitarian law and the rights and freedoms of all people are respected and protected.

The need for assistance is surging while the operating environment becomes more restricted due to the escalation of the conflict. The Secretary-General calls on all parties to ensure that humanitarian actors have unimpeded access to deliver timely and life-saving services and assistance.

The United Nations remains determined to contribute to a peaceful settlement, promote the human rights of all Afghans, notably women and girls, and provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and critical support to civilians in need.

On Monday, the Secretary-General will address the Security Council’s open meeting on Afghanistan.

Afghanistan at ‘dangerous turning point’, UN envoy warns Security Council

With the war in Afghanistan now in “a new, deadlier, and more destructive phase”, Special Representative Deborah Lyons, Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the advance of the Taliban in recent months, now targeting major cities, is reminiscent of the Syrian and Balkan wars.

“Afghanistan is now at a dangerous turning point,” she said. “Ahead lies either a genuine peace negotiation or a tragically intertwined set of crises: an increasingly brutal conflict combined with an acute humanitarian situation and multiplying human rights abuses.”

Warning that the consequences could extend beyond the country’s borders, Ms. Lyons urged ambassadors to seize the opportunity and demonstrate commitment “to prevent Afghanistan from descending into a situation of catastrophe so serious that it would have few, if any, parallels this century.” More