Ramiz Alakbarov, who also serves as the special representative, said in a statement that extreme hunger in the country rose from 14 million in July to 23 million in March, leaving households to resort to “desergent measures” to put food on the table.
“Unacceptable compromises cause unspeakable suffering, reduce the quality, quantity and variety of food available, result in high levels of waste for children, and affect the physical and mental well-being of women, men and children. cause other detrimental effects.” he spelled
95% of Afghans are not getting enough food.According to the UN resident coordinator, who is also the deputy director of UN-Aid Mission UNAMA, that number has risen to nearly 100% of households headed by women.
“This is an almost unimaginably high figure. But sadly, it is a harsh reality.”
Alakbarov painted a picture of a ward full of malnourished children. Many people weigh as much as a six-month-old infant in developed countries at the age of one, and some are “too weak to move”.
Afghanistan is affected by a horrendous drought, the prospect of another poor crop this year, and the banking and financial crisis so severe that more than 80% of its population is facing debt, while food and fuel prices are “negligible to ignore the realities facing the community,” a UN official said. I can’t,” he testified.
“A great challenge awaits you,” he reiterated, the UN and its partners are “doing everything they can” to mitigate the impacts of hunger and malnutrition.
So far this year, humanitarian partners have provided 8.2 million people with life-saving and life-sustaining food aid, including emergency food rations, school meals, agricultural products, nutritious foods and nutritional supplements for nursing mothers and infants.
Over the coming months, the United Nations and its partners will continue to focus on extending response efforts to previously marginalized and remote areas where the conflict has been inaccessible and inaccessible.
28 of 34 states have a high rate of acute malnutrition, resulting in more than 3.5 million children needing nutritional treatment. Dr. Alakbarov said.
Since mid-August, he has served 800,000 severely malnourished children at more than 2,500 nutritional care facilities across 34 states, including urban and rural, “planning to reach 3.2 million affected children this year,” he explains. I did.
“We also aim to reach 1 million people through vocational skills training, 1 million through school meals, and millions, directly or indirectly, through programs that will protect and promote the agricultural livelihoods upon which many people depend. “, he added. UN representative.
Humanitarian response needed
Although large-scale humanitarian responses since August have prevented “our worst fears from becoming a reality during the winter,” Dr. Alakbarov said food insecurity and malnutrition are at “historic highs” and that “immediate, sustained and massive humanitarian response I need support,” he recalled. answer.”
The United Nations, the United Kingdom, Germany and Qatar will co-host the International Commitment to Humanitarian Aid Conference on March 31.
“The fate of the entire Afghan generation is at stake,” he said, confident that the UN will continue to provide regular updates over the next few weeks.
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ask for help
A senior UN official has urged member states to “dive deep” into the Afghan people and continue to generously support lifesaving efforts.
While acknowledging that humanitarian aid alone is not sufficient to address current or future problems, he said, “It is absolutely essential to maintain people’s lives and health and prevent the most vulnerable and vulnerable from becoming more in need. necessary,” he emphasized.
“As we jointly support millions of Afghans to rebuild their lives and communities, we must remember that the long journey to a better future is impossible on an empty stomach.“He said.