The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Afghanistan in need of UN continued humanitarian support

Officials for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) say the presence of national and international humanitarian organizations is vital as the country is facing with widespread poverty.
As a landlocked country, the trade and development in Afghanistan are mostly hindered by the country’s lack of access to the sea as well as its inaccessibility from the international markets. As millions of Afghans are facing with poverty, humanitarian aids of local and international humanitarian are necessary.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) Abdul Salam Hanafi in his recent meeting with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative Ramiz Alakbarov has termed UN aid-providing agencies activities vital and stressed over the continuation of aid distribution to vulnerable people.
According to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, in the meeting with the UN delegation, Deputy Prime Minister has expressed his full support to the services and humanitarian operation of the UN humanitarian agencies in the country.
Following the Islamic Emirate takeover in mid-August 2021, UN agencies and their partners remained in Afghanistan, providing aid to millions of Afghan people across the country.
UN Humanitarian agencies have expanded their operations to reach communities across all 34 provinces, and their work has saved lives and even successfully averted a famine last winter.
Besides, UN humanitarian funds have played a pivotal role in preventing a collapse of the health and education sectors by ensuring essential workers continue to be paid.
Humanitarian action has been essential in keeping the people of Afghanistan alive, maintaining basic services, and shoring up the economy at a time when no alternatives have been available.
For example, some 7.7 million Afghan citizens, including three million women and girls, have received healthcare support in the past one year, which has contributed to reduced excess maternal, neonatal and child deaths.
Additional humanitarian assistance has been provided in the form of emergency cash to cover needs such as food, shelter, protection and health, and also cash for work and livelihood support, thus injecting much-needed liquidity into the economy.
However, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UNOCHA) has warned that the future looks increasingly bleak in the absence of concerted efforts to address structural drivers of need and vulnerability.
Based on the OCHA reports, nearly 25 million Afghans are now living in poverty in Afghanistan. Furthermore, hundreds of thousands of jobs may be lost as businesses struggle to stay afloat, and women and girls remain shut out of secondary school and the formal economy.
In such circumstances, the presence of UN aid agencies is vital and necessary, but the distribution of aids in the past one year has not changed the life of the people of Afghanistan. It’s time that the UN in close cooperation with the Islamic Emirate should find an effective way to find short and long-term employment for the people particularly the youth so that they work and make a living.
Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.