United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that war and insecurity in Afghanistan have displaced 3.5 million people in the country who are on the brink of poverty as the winter season is approaching.

UNHCR’s spokesperson in Refugees affairs Babur Baloch said that displaced families are lacking shelter, warm clothes, and firewoods to heat their houses and added that they also need food, medicines, and other supplies to survive.

“Humanitarian crisis is deepening in Afghanistan and starvation is now at its unprecedented level in the country. 23 million Afghans that form 55% population of the country are facing the highest level of poverty and nine million of them are facing starvation.” Said Baloch.

The UN spokesperson who visited Afghanistan said, the number of malnourished children is growing, hospitals are nearly overwhelmed with malnourished children and the 3 million of these children are at a critical point.

Baloch added that one million malnourished Afghan children are close to death.

He also said that the UN needs up to $375 million to carry out humanitarian operations during this and next year’s winter season.

Afghanistan is going through potentially the worst humanitarian situation at the moment as millions of people have been laid off, the banking system has been crippled, the unemployment rate is at its highest level ever, and prices of food ingredients and fuel are nearly doubled in compared with the past year.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.