The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said that so far in 2022, it had provided aid to more than 4.6 million people in Afghanistan.
The UN agency said on Sunday, October 30, that it has provided cash assistance, and household items through community-based programs to help the vulnerable and destitute people of Afghanistan.
A further 1.1 million Afghans in over 150,000 families have reportedly been assessed for humanitarian aid, with the UN noting that the evaluation process is still ongoing nationwide.
About 90% of Afghans do not have enough food to eat at this time, and more than 50% of them need emergency assistance, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan (OCHA), as the country’s population grows more and more dependent on humanitarian aid.
The UNHCR has also stated that in order to assist people in need in Afghanistan; it will collaborate with the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
The UN agency has also highlighted that over the past week, it assisted roughly 1,300 families in Panjshir province in northern Afghanistan who had been driven out of their primary locations because of hostilities in the province.
According to the UN, even though 175,000 people who were internally displaced returned to their homes this year, the number of displaced people has increased as a result of the Taliban’s armed clashes with their rival resistance groups in various districts.
The OCHA voiced concern by producing a report on the funding shortfall for humanitarian aid to help Afghanistan’s disadvantaged people, experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.
The UN estimated at the beginning of the year that there are 24.4 million people in Afghanistan who are in need of aid and that 22.1 million of them require assistance totaling $4.1 billion.
However, according to the OCHA report released on October 25, barely 33% of this funding has been supplied thus far, leaving 77% of the budget unfulfilled.
Afghanistan has been experiencing a severe humanitarian crisis since the Taliban took over the country, and many Afghans have been suffering from famine for more than a year.