UN refugee chief warns ‘higher struggling’ possible in Afghanistan

Afghanistan wants pressing and sustained assist from the worldwide neighborhood to forestall a bigger humanitarian disaster, the pinnacle of the U.N. refugee company mentioned, warning of worldwide implications if that had been to occur.

“The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remains desperate,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi mentioned in an announcement after a three-day go to to the South Asian nation.

“If public services and the economy collapse, we will see even greater suffering, instability, and displacement both within and outside the country,” he added in Wednesday’s assertion.

“The international community must therefore engage with Afghanistan – and quickly – in order to prevent a much bigger humanitarian crisis that will have not only regional, but global implications.”

Even earlier than the Taliban took over final month, Grandi mentioned, greater than 18 million Afghans, or about half the inhabitants, required humanitarian assist.

More than 3.5 million Afghans had been already displaced in a rustic that’s battling drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poverty and starvation have spiralled for the reason that Taliban takeover, and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres advised a world assist convention this week that Afghans are going through “perhaps their most perilous hour”.

Donors on the convention pledged greater than $1.1 billion to assist Afghanistan.

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