The participants at a US Institute of Peace (USIP) event named “Afghanistan’s Dire Humanitarian Situation” called for the continuation of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan as the UN estimated nearly 29 million of the country’s population need humanitarian service and the funding is short.
Melissa Cornet, Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor of CARE said that Afghan women and girls are disproportionately affected by the economic and food crisis.
“There are few points and the first one is ... Afghan women and girls are disproportionately affected by the crisis. The economic crisis, the food crisis—it is something that has been largely documented,” she said.
The Ministry of Economy (MoE) said that the rate of poverty and unemployment could be decreased by major investments by governmental and private companies.
“Improvement of exports, supporting domestic products, handmade industries and technical and professional training can cause a gradual reduction in the rate of unemployment in the country,” said Abdul Rahman Habib, a spokesman for the MoE.
Speaking to reporters after hosting a meeting on the Afghan situation in Doha, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that 28 million people will need humanitarian aid to survive this year and six million Afghans are "one step away" from famine conditions while "funding is evaporating.”
He said then that the humanitarian response plan is seeking $4.6 billion and only $294 million, 6.4 percent of the total funding required, has been received.