Afghanistan: a "humanitarian catastrophe" awaits the population, warns the UN

On Tuesday, WFP called on the international community to speed up operations to set up reserves in the face of the approaching winter.

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The UN said Tuesday, August 24 that a " 

humanitarian catastrophe

 " awaits the Afghans this winter if the international community does not make their lives a priority by giving funds to provide more aid in the country.

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During an online press briefing from Geneva, the deputy regional director of the World Food Program (WFP) for Asia-Pacific, Anthea Webb, said the organization was able to transport 600 tonnes of food to Afghanistan this week. and helping 80,000 people across the country.

This is in addition to the more than 5 million people that WFP has already been able to help since the start of the year.

We are running out of food stocks in #Afghanistan.

By end September, @WFP warehouses will be empty.

We desperately need $ 200 million to help calm the storm & bring hope to 14 million people across the country who need our help.

Our window to deliver before winter is closing FAST.

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- David Beasley (@WFPChief) August 24, 2021

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As soon as the snow is there, it will be too late

On Tuesday, WFP called on the international community to speed up operations to set up reserves in the face of the approaching winter.

“ 

Usually at this time of year, WFP is busy building up food stocks in warehouses and in communities across Afghanistan, which are then distributed to Afghan families in need before they can. not cut by the brutal winter snows

 , ”Ms. Webb said.

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WFP is committed to stay the course in #Afghanistan as long as it is possible to deliver vital food assistance to the Afghan people at this time of greatest need.

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- World Food Program (@WFP) August 18, 2021

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This year, however, with low funding levels and growing needs, we risk running out of our main supply - wheat flour - as early as October.

We only have a few weeks left to secure the necessary donor funding and put in place the food reserves before the mountain passes are blocked by snow,

 ”she said.

Once the snow is there, it will be simply too late to help the Afghan people, warns the WFP, according to which one in three people goes hungry in Afghanistan.

Beyond the conflict, Afghanistan has been in the grip of a severe drought for several years, and the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the humanitarian situation.

“ 

We know how to prevent a food emergency despite the current challenges - we have worked in Afghanistan since 1963, including under the previous Taliban regime.

For now, we need 200 million dollars (170 million euros, editor's note) to provide vital aid before it is too late, 

”Ms. Webb said.

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