UN / AFGHANISTAN UPDATE

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Humanitarians in Afghanistan warned that “one in four pregnant women and one in two children are malnourished in the country, and half of all people do not know where their next meal is coming from,” according to a UN spokesperson. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

15 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson at podium
3. Med shot, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
(Begins under cutaway) “Moving to Afghanistan, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the Uruzgan COVID-19 provincial hospital has suspended its medical services since Saturday due to a shortage of funds and the lack of medical supplies and equipment. Our humanitarian colleagues also say that yesterday an inter-agency team assessed the needs of families displaced by drought from Badghis and Ghor provinces to Hirat province. About 1,000 people are staying in the open. Needs assessments are also ongoing across the country to identify people in need of help to cope with the winter. The International Organization for Migration is providing winterization assistance in districts of Badakhshan Province for 1,000 families, including shelter, non-food items and clothing. Our humanitarian colleagues stress that while the response in Afghanistan continues, much more must be done by the international community. They warn that one in four pregnant women and one in two children are malnourished in the country, and half of all people do not know where their next meal is coming from. The Flash Appeal for Afghanistan, targeting 11 million people with aid through the end of 2021, is currently 86 per cent funded. So far, 524 million USD has been received.”
5. Wide shot, spokesperson at podium

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Humanitarians in Afghanistan warned that “one in four pregnant women and one in two children are malnourished in the country, and half of all people do not know where their next meal is coming from,” according to a UN spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (15 Nov), UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Uruzgan COVID-19 provincial hospital has suspended its medical services since Saturday “due to a shortage of funds and the lack of medical supplies and equipment.”

Haq said, on Sunday, inter-agency team assessed the needs of families displaced by drought from Badghis and Ghor provinces to Hirat province, adding that about 1,000 people are “staying in the open.”

The UN spokesperson said needs assessments are also ongoing across the country to identify people in need of help to cope with the winter. He said, “The International Organization for Migration is providing winterization assistance in districts of Badakhshan Province for 1,000 families, including shelter, non-food items and clothing. Our humanitarian colleagues stress that while the response in Afghanistan continues, much more must be done by the international community.”

Haq recalled that the the Flash Appeal for Afghanistan, “targeting 11 million people with aid through the end of 2021, is currently 86 per cent funded. So far, 524 million USD has been received.”
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