Humanitarian community appeals for $470 million in assistance for Afghanistan in 2013

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Displaced Afghans – OCHA/Christophe Verhellen

The humanitarian community has appealed for $470 million in assistance for Afghanistan.

The priorities for humanitarian response in 2013 are to provide more assistance to the displaced, minimize the human impact of natural disasters and secure better access to people in need. Geographically, the five provinces with the highest needs are: Kandahar, Hilmand, Nangarhar, Ghazni and Kunar – all provinces where the conflict continues to take a high toll of civilian lives.

According to Mark Bowden, Humanitarian Coordinator, the 2012 appeal was only 48% funded, which was disappointing, and “we require a more robust response this year". He said that "for ordinary Afghans, humanitarian challenges will increase due to the transition and increased weather volatility."

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is marked by acutely low humanitarian indicators: every day 165 children under five lose their lives and a pregnant woman dies every two hours. Added to this is pervasive insecurity, high exposure to natural hazards, conflict displacement at a record high of nearly half a million people and growing slums in urban areas.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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