According to the statement issued by the World Food Programme and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation; One in two Afghans faces Phase 3 ‘crisis’ or Phase 4 ’emergency’ food shortages

Afghanistan is on the brink of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. UN agencies warned Monday, with more than half the country facing “acute” food shortages.

More than 22 million Afghans will suffer food insecurity this winter, they said, as a drought driven by climate change adds to the disruption caused by the chaotic Taliban takeover of the country.

According to the statement issued by the World Food Programme and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, one in two Afghans faces Phase 3 “crisis” or Phase 4 “emergency” food shortages.

Phase 4 is one step below famine. Officials told that Afghanistan is facing its worst winter in a decade. Nonetheless, it is already struggling to emerge from a 20-year civil war.

In August, the hardline Islamist Taliban overthrew the US-backed regime. It also declared an interim government, vowing to restore stability. But the Taliban still face a range of international sanctions and a campaign of bloody attacks by rival hardliners the Islamic State. Also in duration when climate change has made Afghanistan’s droughts more frequent and intense.

HOPES FOR “WETWINTER”

On Sunday, the Taliban announced a plan to pay 40,000 labourers in grain in the Kabul region, employing them to dig holes to trap the winter snow and provide moisture for barren hills.

“We are trying to get our people out of the current situation and help them. Global humanitarian aid has also arrived.”

Zabihullah Mujahid
about the humanitarian crisis

The UN agencies warned that their humanitarian response plan is only a third funded as it stands.

The FAO is seeking $11.4 million in urgent funding and a further $200 million for the agricultural season into 2022.

Fearing new refugee outflows from Afghanistan, international donors have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for the country but they do not want to work with the Taliban directly.

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