Amid the escalating challenges of poverty and unemployment in Afghanistan, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Australia is providing $5 million in humanitarian assistance, Khaama Press reported.
The agency said in a press release on Sunday that Australia has contributed more than $5.1 million to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund.
Furthermore, OCHA, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinating Body, has clarified that this amount will be used in the relief and livelihood sectors.
The organization added that following the establishment of the Humanitarian Fund for Afghanistan, the Australian government sent approximately 69 million Australian dollars to the fund.
Earlier, the UN OCHA stated in its latest report that an urgent budget of $570.7 million is needed to provide essential winter supplies to people in need in Afghanistan, Khaama Press reported.
According to OCHA statistics, 29.2 million people in Afghanistan are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 21.3 million people participating in aid programs.
In addition, the organization has stated that $3.23 billion is needed for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan this year.
However, as of August, only about $1 billion has been provided, leaving a $2.43 billion deficit in the budget, Khaama Press reported.
Previously, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) warned that Afghanistan is one of ten countries where around two million people suffer from severe food insecurity. alarming level.
Afghanistan, which relies heavily on Western donor support, lost this aid when the Taliban took over following the US and NATO withdrawal in August 2021. This led to a rapid economic collapse, leaving self-sufficient Afghans dependent on humanitarian aid for survival.
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