The United Nations warned that Afghanistan is on the precipice of a major humanitarian crisis and appealed for more than 600 million dollars in fresh aid to help millions of people on the ground.
In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the country faced a “looming catastrophe” and that many Afghans were in “perhaps their most perilous hour” after the Taliban took over in August.
He warned, ” One in three Afghans do not know where their next meal will come from, the poverty rate is spiraling and basic public services are close to collapse. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and at the same time, Afghanistan faces a severe drought – the second to hit the country in four years. Many people could run out of food by the end of this month just as winter approaches.”
The UN’s World Food Programme said 14 million people were on the brink of starvation.