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UN call for Afghanistan aid now ‘100 percent funded’

AFP

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People in Afghanistan carry sacks of food grains distributed as aid from the World Food Programme in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on October 19, 2021.
Javed Tanveer/AFPPeople in Afghanistan carry sacks of food grains distributed as aid from the World Food Programme in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on October 19, 2021.

The US, European countries, and Japan were the main donors behind the initiative

The United Nations said Tuesday that its flash appeal for more than $600 million to support the humanitarian response in Afghanistan until the end of the year was now fully funded.

According to the UN, Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe, with more than half of its population at risk of not having enough to eat during the coming winter.

Following the Taliban takeover of the country in August, the UN held a ministerial meeting in Geneva in September, asking international donors for urgent support.

"We can now report that the flash appeal is 100 percent funded," Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva.

The main donors were the United States, European countries and Japan, who helped reach the total funding goal of $606 million. 

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The funds are being directed towards helping the 11 million most deprived people in Afghanistan.

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Laerke said that between September 1 and November 15, the UN and its non-governmental organization partners provided food assistance to 7.2 million people. They also provided healthcare to nearly 900,000 people.

Nearly 200,000 drought-affected people were assisted with water trucking and 178,000 children under the age of five were treated for acute malnutrition, he added.

"However, not all funding has been translated into action because of the crisis in Afghanistan's banking and financial system," he said, adding "half of the population still needs emergency aid."