UN / AFGHANISTAN HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR

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Briefing from the ground in Kabul, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan Ramiz Alakbarov today said the humanitarian situation in the country “continues to be extremely tense” as “more than half of the Afghan children do not know whether they will have a meal tonight or not.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 01 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

01 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press conference dais, Ramiz Alakbarov on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“The situation in Afghanistan from a humanitarian perspective continues to be extremely tense. As I speak to you today from Kabul, more than half of the Afghan children do not know whether they will have a meal tonight or not. And that’s the reality of the situation they are facing on the ground.”
4. Med shot, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“We were able yesterday to land an airplane, first airplane, in Mazar-i-Sharif. 37.5 metric tonnes of medical supplies were delivered, and this will serve 200,000 people and will be distributed over 20 health facilities, and that’s a very positive development. We also were able to bring over 600 metric tonnes of food for the distribution is support of the World Food Programme. And we are seeing also now also the cargos of non-food items being delivered by UNHCR.”
6. Wide shot, press conference dais, Alakbarov on screen
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“By the end of September, the stocks which World Food Programme has in the country will be out. We will be out of stocks. We will not be able to provide those essential food items because we will be out of stocks. And for us to keep the current demand we need at least 200 million dollars only for the food sector to be able to provide the food to the most vulnerable.”
8. Wide shot, press conference dais, Alakbarov on screen
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“Some provincial Taliban authorities have allowed the participation of women and they are doing their work, some allowed it partially, and some are requiring women to remain at home, and they require a (male guardian) to accompany them when they go out. And that’s what the difference is. It is a very decentralized situation at the moment and very fluid, and it is not consistent from one place to another. And there is no central announcement if you wish, or any clear indication as the government, as I understand, has not formed. The authority has not formed. So, they have not made any pronouncements of what is their decision or corporate policy in that department will be.”
10. Wide shot, press conference dais, Alakbarov on screen
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“Taliban is working with some member states to restore the services and render it operational. We don’t have optics into how soon it will be. Our request to all of those who are supporting that work, that this work happens soonest because it is important for us, not just for the rotation and movement of personnel, and things like that, but most importantly to deliver first food, medicines, and those relief items.”
12. Wide shot, press conference dais, Alakbarov on screen

STORYLINE:

Briefing from the ground in Kabul, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan Ramiz Alakbarov today (1 Sep) said the humanitarian situation in the country “continues to be extremely tense” as “more than half of the Afghan children do not know whether they will have a meal tonight or not.”

Alakbarov told reporters the United Nations air service was able Monday to land an airplane in Mazar-i-Sharif carrying 37.5 metric tonnes of medical supplies. He said, “this will serve 200,000 people and will be distributed over 20 health facilities, and that’s a very positive development.” 600 metric tonnes of food for the distribution in support of the World Food Programme were also delivered.

The Humanitarian Coordinator said, “by the end of September, the stocks which World Food Programme has in the country will be out. We will be out of stocks. We will not be able to provide those essential food items because we will be out of stocks. And for us to keep the current demand we need at least 200 million dollars only for the food sector to be able to provide the food to the most vulnerable.”

Asked about the situation of women working with the United Nations he said, “some provincial Taliban authorities have allowed the participation of women and they are doing their work, some allowed it partially, and some are requiring women to remain at home.”

Alakbarov explained that “it is a very decentralized situation at the moment and very fluid, and it is not consistent from one place to another. And there is no central announcement if you wish, or any clear indication as the government, as I understand, has not formed.”

Asked about the UN air service at Kabul Airport, he said, “Taliban is working with some member states to restore the services and render it operational. We don’t have optics into how soon it will be. Our request to all of those who are supporting that work, that this work happens soonest because it is important for us, not just for the rotation and movement of personnel, and things like that, but most importantly to deliver first food, medicines, and those relief items."
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