The Word Food Program (WFP) said that it urgently needs US$1.1 billion to continue delivering monthly food and nutritional assistance for the next six months to 15 million acutely food-insecure people in Afghanistan.
In a report the WFP said the sum includes US$172 million to pre-position 150,000 metric tons of food for winter.
“Our plan for winter is to provide food assistance to more than 15 million every month,” said Wahidullah Amani, WFP Afghanistan Spokesman.
The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, released his quarterly report on Afghanistan’s situation that he has submitted to the Security Council of the UN.
The report highlighted the political developments, security, regional cooperation, human rights, economic development, donor coordination and aid effectiveness, humanitarian assistance and counter-narcotics, mission support in Afghanistan.
“The sudden stop of aid inflows ... accompanied by political uncertainty, inadequate access to services and women’s exclusion from economic participation, continued to lead to slow growth,” a part of the report said.
Talking at a gathering in Kabul, the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai criticized the US for freezing the Afghan assets.
“Not only (the US) will help Afghanistan but it will urge the whole world to provide economic support to Afghanistan. It didn’t do so and even froze the Afghan assets,” he said.
Guterres’s report said that some 24.4 million people, or 59 per cent of the estimated population, of whom 11.8 million are women and girls, need humanitarian assistance in 2022, up from 18.4 million at the beginning of 2021.