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Funding dries up as humanitarian reach all-time high in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

In a recent report, the UN OCHA highlighted a $1.3 billion funding gap, endangering Afghan families’ welfare as winter approaches. This shortfall could trigger hunger, disease, and even potential loss of life. 

“The 2023 Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is currently experiencing substantial critical funding gaps amounting to some US $1.3 billion, leaving vulnerable Afghan families staring down the barrel of hunger, disease and even potential death as winter approaches,” the statement said.

The statement also said urgent aid is required amid severe drought for the third year, coupled with prolonged conflict aftermath, heightening vulnerability—limited time to provide crucial help before the deadly lean season and winter.

 A recent humanitarian analysis highlights that inadequate funding caused a sharp decline in monthly food aid recipients, dropping from 13 million initially to 9 million (March-April), then 5 million in May. Furthermore, the organization said 262 fixed and mobile health facilities halted services, affecting primary healthcare access for two million.

“Some 2,800 community-based classes face closure in August, affecting more than 141,000 children – more than half of them girls – should no additional funding be received,” it added.

The statement indicated that food rations will be reduced in the upcoming months unless extra funds are acquired.

“Funding is urgently needed to get ahead of winter and pre-position critical humanitarian supplies before many areas get cut off in October due to freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall.”

The organization’s assessment revealed that partners emphasized a crucial $1.3 billion funding gap, constituting a portion of the total gap amounting to $2.43 billion. In 2023, the HRP secured $801 million, equivalent to 25% of the required funding, with a notable reliance on an $800 million carryover from the preceding year (2022).

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