UN frames new aid strategy for Afghanistan

KABUL (SW) – In response to mounting global concerns over increasing humanitarian needs, especially for food, shelter, and drinking water in Afghanistan, the United Nations has recently approved a new aid program aimed at supporting those in need.

In a newsletter on its official X account, the UN stated: “The leadership committee has approved a support program to provide essential aid to thousands of internally displaced and returning refugees in Afghanistan, as well as individuals suffering from drug addiction. So far, 13 countries have contributed approximately $230 million to this fund.”

The UN also highlighted the urgent requirement for more assistance to address the needs of millions of Afghan citizens.

Concurrently, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan have warned of ongoing humanitarian needs and budget constraints. OCHA stated that currently 25 million Afghans require humanitarian aid.

On the other hand, some internally displaced people returning from Iran complain about the lack of access to shelter and food supplies, urging the de-facto government and relief agencies to address their situation.

Juma Khan from Ghor province, recently affected by floods, lamented the loss of all his property in the floods and expressed urgent need for assistance. He added: “There’s no work. We’re all sick and tired, we don’t have drinking water, everything we own is inside tents. There’s nothing to eat. We live inside tents in dire conditions.”

Obaidullah, recently returned from Iran, emphasized the need for the government to create job opportunities for them, saying, “I was working in a factory in Iran; the police caught me and sent me back to Afghanistan. I don’t have good situation; our lives are ruined; it’s uncertain here whether there will be job opportunities or not.”

Earlier, OCHA in Afghanistan had stated that only 20% of the required budget for humanitarian aid in the country had been secured, despite needing over $3 billion.