United Nations – The United Nations held an emergency meeting in Geneva on Monday to raise funds for humanitarian action, whose people “need people to rescue them,” says UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
“After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they are probably facing their own worst moment,” Guterres said.
Following the meeting, Guterres said more than $ 1 billion in pledges in Afghanistan had been raised, most of which would be $ 600 million on Monday.
A photo by a UN official is alarming: “One in three Ghanaians do not know where they will get their next meal. Poverty is on the rise – and humanitarian work is about to end. Hundreds of people are forced to flee their homes.”
In addition, he warned, “Afghanistan is experiencing– the second hit in the country in four years. Most people end up eating later this month, just as winter is approaching. “
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The evacuation of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban and the country’s economic crisis is a major concern, UN officials from several organizations said on Monday. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grande arrived in Kabul to assess “the extent to which Afghan refugees are fleeing their homeland by 3.5 million.”
This morning I arrived in Kabul. During this visit I will look at the needs of the people and the suffering of the 3.5 million Afghans in Afghanistan and thank the UN, NGOs and all other humanitarian workers who are working hard on the ground to meet these needs. pic.twitter.com/8i8FDuVHoa
– Filippo Grandi (@FilippoGrandi) September 13, 2021
Strict warnings come as 20 UN agencies hope to continue their humanitarian work in Afghanistan. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Coordinator Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, traveled to Kabul last week to meet with Taliban leaders about their role.
“He reaffirmed our commitment to providing non-discriminatory and independent assistance to the millions of people in need,” Guterres said.
This should include urgent assistance to help harvest Afghan wheat, help prevent famine during the drought, the United Nations Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization, QU Dongyu, said at a UN conference on Monday.
Biden’s UN Vice President Linda Thomas-Greenfield has announced a $ 64 million humanitarian assistance from the US, saying, “things are difficult.”
Thomas-Greenfield cited a UN children’s agency, UNICEF, whose chief of staff, Henrietta Fore, had predicted that one million children under the age of five could soon become malnourished.
“One million! One child dying of preventable hunger is too much. One million is unthinkable,” said Thomas-Greenfield, adding that the new funding means the United States has donated $ 330 million to Afghanistan this financial year.
He also called on the international community to work together to provide assistance to the Taliban, acknowledging, “We have all heard reports of Taliban harassment and disruption.”
But, he said, the world must “commit itself to representing humanitarian workers in their vital role, and promote humanitarian action in Afghanistan so that we can save the lives of Afghan people in need.”