UN warns 14 million Afghans are suffering from hunger

The United Nations Secretary-General called for assistance to Afghanistan in the context that the people of this country are in danger because of a lack of aid.

“After decades of war and instability, the people of Afghanistan are facing their most perilous hours, which is the downfall of an entire country,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the conference calling for Aid call for Afghanistan taking place in Genena, Switzerland, today.

Mr. Guterres said poverty in Afghanistan was spiraling out of control and many people could run out of food by the end of this month, while World Food Program (WFP) officials said at least 14 million people were living in poverty. experiencing famine due to drought and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Secretary General Guterres during a meeting in Geneva on September 13.  Photo: AFP.

Secretary General Guterres during a meeting in Geneva on September 13. Photo: AFP.

The conference calling for aid to Afghanistan was attended by United Nations leaders, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer and dozens of representatives from many governments, including German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas .

The United Nations hopes to raise $606 million, of which a third will go to the World Food Program (WFP). The agency, which conducted a survey in Afghanistan in August-September, found that 93% of the 1,600 respondents did not have enough food, mainly due to a lack of cash.

Just before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, about 18 million people, or half the population, depended on aid. UN officials and aid groups fear that number will rise due to drought, cash and food shortages under the new administration.

Countries abruptly halting billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan after the collapse of the old government added to the country’s difficulties. The World Health Organization (WHO) is also looking to support health facilities at risk of closing after many donors withdrew from Afghanistan.

Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)

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