WFP / AFGHANISTAN HUMANITARIAN FLIGHTS

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The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), operated by the World Food Programme (WFP) on behalf of the humanitarian community, has resumed flights to Kabul, enabling humanitarian workers to reach Afghans. WFP

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STORY: WFP / AFGHANISTAN HUMANITARIAN FLIGHTS
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DATELINE: 26 AUGUST-12 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL / MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

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12 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

1. Various shots, WFP UNHAS Flight Landing at Kabul Airport

26 AUGUST 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

2. Various shots, Kabul streets, food market

12 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary-Ellen McGroarty, Afghanistan Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“3 in 4 are already borrowing food. They are eating less nutritious food so basically, they are foregoing meat, dairy and vegetables. They are also reducing the portion size, and, in many cases, parents are foregoing to eat so their children can eat. So, basically, everyone is teetering on the brink of desperate hunger.”

8 SEPTEMBER 2021, MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

4. Various shots, WFP Food Distribution
5. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Ghulam Dastagir, 58-year-old with Family of 10:
“It is a miserable situation. There is such misery now we have nothing, prices rise daily, people don’t have money or work, there is no work. A 10-litre oil is 1400 AFN, if someone cannot find 400 AFN a month, where shall he get the money then?”
6. Various shots, WFP Food Distribution

12 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary-Ellen McGroarty, Afghanistan Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“WFP‘s focus at the moment is trying to get as much food as possible into the country before the harsh winter when the snow comes and when communities and mountain passes are cut off. We have appealed for $200million. We need that money now to be able to buy food and get the food into the country in time.”

29 AUGUST 2021, MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

48. Various shots, WFP Food Distribution to displaced people

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), operated by the World Food Programme (WFP) on behalf of the humanitarian community, has resumed flights to Kabul, enabling humanitarian workers to reach Afghans.

UNHAS flights have already been up and running since 29 August, connecting Islamabad to Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar and Herat. The connection to Kabul restarted on 12 September after a temporary halt following the withdrawal of foreign forces and Taliban’s takeover on 15 August. UNHAS is also transporting non-food items, such as medical and other emergency supplies. Three cargo flights have completed, bringing in medical and nutrition supplies on behalf of WHO.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary-Ellen McGroarty, Afghanistan Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“3 in 4 are already borrowing food. They are eating less nutritious food so basically, they are foregoing meat, dairy and vegetables. They are also reducing the portion size, and, in many cases, parents are foregoing to eat so their children can eat. So, basically, everyone is teetering on the brink of desperate hunger.”

With over 90 percent of families struggling to have enough to eat, aid agencies are scrambling to meet massive needs before it is too late.

SOUNDBITE (Dari) Ghulam Dastagir, 58-year-old with Family of 10:
“It is a miserable situation. There is such misery now we have nothing, prices rise daily, people don’t have money or work, there is no work. A 10-litre oil is 1400 AFN, if someone cannot find 400 AFN a month, where shall he get the money then?”

But $30 million funding is required to keep the vital services going. WFP also needs urgently US$200 million to replenish pipeline and transport food into the country before winter descends.

Through its six field offices, WFP has been stepping up its operations. Food convoys are moving across the country. However, to avert a humanitarian catastrophe, this is not enough. By the end of 2021, WFP needs to reach 14 million facing acute hunger.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary-Ellen McGroarty, Afghanistan Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“WFP‘s focus at the moment is trying to get as much food as possible into the country before the harsh winter when the snow comes and when communities and mountain passes are cut off. We have appealed for $200million. We need that money now to be able to buy food and get the food into the country in time.”

This year, WFP has delivered food and nutrition assistance to 6.4 million people, out of which more than 470,000 people are internally displaced.

Since 15 August, WFP has succeeded in bringing 850 mt of food, such as vegetable oil, wheat and soya blend cereal, through the border crossings and into the country.

WFP is scaling up its assistance to reach a total of 14 million people by the end of 2021 but in just a few weeks, our food will run out. Winter is fast-approaching, and the race is on to get food into the country and preposition at strategic locations before the snow cuts off large areas. We urgently require US$200 million to assist 14 million people between by the end of 2021.

Since the beginning of 2021, WFP has assisted more than 6.4 million people, including 470,000 internally displaced people. Among those reached are 170,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women and 750,000 young children who need treatment of malnutrition or at risk of becoming malnourished.

WFP will continue to deliver nutrition assistance, expanding mobile health clinics to address challenges to women and children in accessing static clinics. WFP has deployed an additional 34 mobile health teams since the beginning of August, making a total of 117 teams.

From 15 August to 7 September, we provided food and nutrition assistance to nearly 600,000 people, including 13,500 children under the school meals programme, and 105,000 mothers and young children. Since 15 August, WFP has succeeded in bringing 850 mt of food, such as vegetable oil, wheat and soya blend cereal, through the border crossings and into the country.

During the same period, WFP brought an additional 29 trucks and 850 mt of food into the country, including 254 mt of Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements (LNS) for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition.

In anticipation of the high food needs and further disruptions to supply chains, WFP is positioning food and other stocks at strategic border points in Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. A logistics hub of 5,000 square meters space is being established in Termez, Uzbekistan.
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