To avoid famine, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has called for humanitarian assistance for 3.5 million Afghans
To avoid famine, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has called for humanitarian assistance for 3.5 million Afghans

In a statement, the UN Human Rights Council urged the international community to increase humanitarian help to 3.5 million people, including 700,000 people displaced by Afghanistan’s conflict by 2021 alone. Babar Baloch, a UNHCR spokesman, stated on Friday that around 23 million people, or 55% of the population, are suffering from severe hunger, with nearly nine million of them facing famine.

In 2021, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) aided 700,000 displaced individuals around the country, the bulk since mid-August. According to the statement, the organisation assists almost 60,000 people every week.

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“However, when we reach thousands of individuals, we discover thousands more that require humanitarian relief,” Baloch said, pleading for “additional resources for the most vulnerable.”

“Single mothers with no shelter or food for their children,” displaced elderly people left to care for orphaned grandchildren, and people caring for loved ones with special needs were among those he mentioned.

The experts asked for expedited visas, support with evacuation, and open borders for individuals who choose to leave Afghanistan, reminding the Human Rights Council of the several resolutions on the protection of journalists enacted in recent years.

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The economic crisis has exacerbated since the Taliban assumed power, with Afghan assets being frozen and humanitarian aid being scarce. According to TOLO news, Afghanistan is experiencing a terrible economic crisis.

“Because the Islamic Emirate has strained relations with the United Nations, the UN is concerned about the help and insists that it be delivered directly to the needy,” a university professor explained.