The United Nations on Tuesday requested a record $5 billion in aid to Afghanistan this year and secure a “future” for a country on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.
In a statement, she said that funding for her new plan requires $4.4 billion from donor countries to provide for humanitarian needs in Afghanistan for this year, in the largest amount requested by the United Nations Organization for one country, in addition to $623 million to help millions of Afghan refugees who have fled their country to neighboring countries. .
It also indicated that 22 million people inside Afghanistan and 5.7 million Afghans who have been displaced to neighboring countries need urgent assistance this year.
Meanwhile, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, said that “a comprehensive humanitarian catastrophe is casting its shadows. My urgent message: Do not close the door on the people of Afghanistan.” “Help us avoid widespread hunger, disease, malnutrition and ultimately death,” he added.
It is noteworthy that since the hard-line Taliban movement took control of Afghanistan in mid-August, the country has plunged into financial chaos amid high inflation and unemployment rates.
Washington has frozen billions of dollars in Afghanistan’s assets while severely hampering aid supplies.
In addition, Afghanistan experienced the worst drought in decades in 2021.
Without aid, “there will be no future,” Griffiths told reporters in Geneva.