To strengthen the operations and support the Red Cross in Afghanistan where millions of people are subject to starvation, Aussies have donated one million dollars to be used in the war-ravaged country.

Australian Red Cross Head of International Humanitarian Programs Adrian Prouse said Afghanistan was experiencing a “man-made catastrophe and that essential services were on the verge of collapse.

“Essential services are on the brink of collapse and the people of Afghanistan, in particular the women and children, are bearing the brunt of harsh international policies that have placed the country into economic free fall,” Prouse said.

Adrian Prouse thanked the Australian people for the donation and called on the government to expedite the remainder of its $100 million pledge in aid to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the Australian Red Cross has also asked the Federal government to increase the number of Afghan refugees to the country by 20,000.

Australia last month announced 15,000 visas for Afghan people that will be provided to the people over the next four years.

Afghanistan is currently experiencing the worst humanitarian situation on earth as 97 percent of Afghans are under the poverty line.

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