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UN in Touch with India for Food Supplies to Afghanistan: Official

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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

UN officials are in touch with India over food shipment to 30 million Afghan people who face hunger, said Ramiz Alakarov, UN humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan.

 “We are in touch with the authorities there, and we benefited from donations in 2022, and the people of Afghanistan will continue to benefit from this donation,” Alakbarov, who is the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, said on Wednesday in a video conference from Kabul, reported by IANS News Agency.

Alakbarov said: “India has been a significant partner in providing aid to Afghanistan in several food donations. At least in 2022, I was personally involved in several of those cases.”

India and the World Food Program (WFP) agreed last month to send 20,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan via the Chabahar port, while last year, India had agreed to send 50,000 tons of wheat via land route through Pakistan.

According to Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), two-thirds of people in the country which makes 28.3 million need urgent humanitarian aid in 2023 to survive, which makes Afghanistan one of the world’sworld’s worst humanitarian crises.

While WFP said that nearly 20 million people are on the brink of famine-like conditions, four million are acutely malnourished, including 32 million children under age five.

Meanwhile, the de facto government extended the Ban on Afghan women aid workers, which would add to the existent humanitarian crisis in the country since most of the UN staff are women.

 The ban on women’s staff faced massive slams from national and international organizations saying that the Ban violates human rights and principles.

The US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, including UN officials, asked the Taliban authorities to reverse the Ban on UN aid workers and take into account the interests of Afghan first.

Alakbarov said that the prohibition endangers the lives of thousands of women and children given the scale of humanitarian activity and Afghanistan’sAfghanistan’s reliance on UN assistance, particularly in health.


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