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UN’s aid agencies facing budget cut

OCHA has expressed concern that Afghanistan is approaching winter, and it is predicted that the situation will worsen due to snowfall in cold – wheatear regions, and the budget cuts will result in delayed delivery of food and medicine to remote areas.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the humanitarian operations of UN agencies are facing budget shortages, while the Afghan people still need assistance from United Nations aid agencies. OCHA has expressed concern that Afghanistan is approaching winter, and it is predicted that the situation will worsen due to snowfall in cold – wheatear regions, and the budget cuts will result in delayed delivery of food and medicine to remote areas. In the OCHA statement, it has been mentioned that the humanitarian needs of Afghans are still serious, as they were in the past, and only one-fourth of the required budget for United Nations aid offices in Afghanistan has been secured in the current year. Previously, the organization stated that they need $3.2 billion for assisting 21 million people in Afghanistan, but in their announcement, it is stated that they have only received $744 million of the requested funds so far. The statement also indicates that budget cuts have led to the suspension of some of their programs. According to this announcement, the budget reduction has resulted in the closure of 262 health centers in Afghanistan, and the level of aid to 11 million needy individuals has decreased to 5 million. The statement further added that consecutive droughts and poverty have increased the need for humanitarian assistance, which has doubled due to recent floods. Meanwhile, a significant number of Afghans say they are facing extreme poverty and unemployment, and they need assistance. In an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent, they stated that the Afghan people are in dire need of assistance from charitable organizations. According to them, the United Nations should collect new funds for the people of Afghanistan and seek cooperation from regional countries in this regard. According to the citizens, recurrent droughts in Afghanistan have made their lives difficult. People in some areas have lost their crops and are facing water scarcity. If the aid from relief organizations to Afghanistan faces shortage, the situation will worsen even more. They ask the United Nations and regional countries to allocate a new budget for Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) states that in the current calendar year, they provided cash assistance or coupons to more than 5 million and 700 thousand people in Afghanistan. Posting on its Twitter account, WFP stated these aids have been distributed through the generous support of the French and Japanese foreign ministries via the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund. The WFP states that the aim of cash assistance is to empower beneficiaries to make their own purchasing decisions, reduce their dependence on food supplies, and strengthen the local economy. Shukria Kohistani

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.