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UNICEF to Provide Cash Assistance to Tens of Thousands of Afghan Poor Families

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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 International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) announced that over 100,000 destitute Afghan households across the country will receive cash assistance at the onset of harsh and freezing winter from the agency.

According to a tweet from UNICEF released on Sunday, December 4, millions of people in poverty-stricken Afghanistan are unable to meet their families’ basic needs, and as winter approaches, the situation will only worsen.

According to the tweet, UNICEF will provide 112,000 destitute Afghan families with seasonal cash assistance for them, in an attempt to extend “a lifeline to those most in need.”

UNICEF said that the poor in Afghanistan will receive financial assistance from the UN agency with the support of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the UK, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the German Foreign Office.

UNICEF previously stated that it will distribute cash assistance to 111,000 families across Afghanistan this winter.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has reported that 20 million people in Afghanistan, or half the country’s population, are experiencing severe food insecurity, amid one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

The ICRC also stated that Afghanistan’s economic woes and the harsh winter season pose a threat to the lives of millions of Afghans while stressing the urgent need for international assistance.

The World Health Organization (WHO) previously reported that more than 34,000 critically malnourished children had been admitted to hospitals this year and that roughly 19 million people in Afghanistan endure extreme levels of food insecurity.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that since the outset of this year, cash has been distributed to more than 4.6 million people.

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