United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterresentering a new era Afghanistandeepening in humanitarian and economic crisis Noting that he was deeply concerned about the risk of total collapse of essential services, he warned that “humanitarian catastrophe is imminent”.
Guterres, USAHe drew attention to the humanitarian situation in the country by making a written statement after the Taliban took full control of the country with the completion of the withdrawal and evacuations from Afghanistan.
Stating that almost half of the Afghan population, that is, 18 million people, are in need of humanitarian aid, Guterres said, “One in three Afghans does not know where their next meal will come from.”
Noting that more than half of Afghan children are expected to be severely malnourished by next year, Guterres said, “People are losing access to basic services every day. A humanitarian disaster is imminent.”
Emphasizing that the Afghan people need the support of the international community more than ever before, Guterres said that more food, shelter and medical supplies will be needed due to the severe drought in the country and the approaching harsh winter conditions.
Guterres, who called on all parties in Afghanistan to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access and stated that they will announce the urgent humanitarian needs in Afghanistan next week, also called on the international community to provide financial support to the Afghan people in their darkest days.
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