United Nations warned on Tuesday that a drop in food aid supplies threatens to plunge war-torn Afghanistan in a humanitarian catastrophe when winter comes.
Ever since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan ten days ago, the United Nations World Food Program announced that it had been in able to bring 600 tons of food and 16 new trucks to the country, to speed up preparations to help families during the harsh winter.
But WFP’s deputy regional director, Anthea Webb, told reporters in Geneva that it was time for the agency to bring aid where it was needed.
Usually in this time of year, the World Food Program is stocking up on food in all over the country and distributes it to needy families before they are overwhelmed by the snow.
But faced with limited funding levels and growing needs, the program said questyear that risks running out of wheat flour, which is the cornerstone of its supply, starting in October.
“We only have a few weeks to secure the necessary donations before the snow cuts the mountain passes,” Webb said.
He warned that when it snows it will be too late to help.
Any further delay in WFP preparations would lead to death, Webb warned, adding that the agency immediately needs $ 200 million to provide life-saving assistance “before it’s too late.”
“A humanitarian catastrophe awaits the Afghan people quest’winter, unless the international community prioritizes their lives, “he said.
WFP has warned that one-third of the 14 million Afghans are at risk of severe or acute hunger.
This assessment comes when humanitarian organizations fear that the Taliban’s access to power will hinder aid delivery and staff access.
The country is also facing the second severe drought in three years and the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, as well as the repercussions of the conflict and displacement.
Webb stressed that the agency knows how to prevent the outbreak of a hunger crisis despite the Taliban’s rise to power, noting that it is in Afghanistan since 1963, including the period in which the Taliban controlled power in the 1990s.
He said the agency reached 80,000 people in the past week alone, adding to the five million it had reached since the beginning of the year.
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