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OCHA: Majority of Afghan Population in Need of Aid to ‘Survive’

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that while over half of the Afghan population needs humanitarian assistance to “survive”, only 43% of the requested funds have been provided in 9 months.

OCHA reported on Monday, September 26, that only 43% of the requested $4.4 billion to aid the underprivileged in Afghanistan had been granted, even though more than half of the population relies on aid to survive.

According to OCHA, humanitarians requested the said amount in 2022 to provide humanitarian assistance to over 22 million of Afghans who have been acutely food-insecure and hit by natural disasters.

The price of commodities, particularly those used to heat homes, has soared as a result of the export of coal to Pakistan, just in time for the impending winter season.

The United States Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), has reported a 16% increase in coal exports to Pakistan, the highest level in the previous 20 years.

At the same time, since the Taliban took over, there has been a sharp rise in both unemployment and poverty, triggering Afghanistan to experience one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Natural catastrophes including monsoon rains, devastating floods, deadly earthquakes, and internal and external displacements have also significantly increased the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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