UN / AFGHANISTAN HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

15-Jul-2021 00:03:00
One third of Afghans are experiencing acute malnutrition, while half of the population in in humanitarian need, the UN top official in the country said on Thursday, calling for more funds to aid Afghanistan’s population. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / AFGHANISTAN HUMANITARIAN UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 15 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

15 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan:
“The recent developments unfortunately are not very positive. 1/3 of the country is experiencing an acute malnutrition. We started the year with our humanitarian appeal, I am talking about at least 18 million people in need of the humanitarian assistance – which is half of the population of the country. As we went into the year we have experienced two specific issues. One of them was the drought and the drought has now been officially declared. This is the second drought in Afghanistan in three years. And then as you know with the start of the spring offensive, and the increased military activities which are going on and on the grounds, and the gradual military takeover by the Taliban of more than 170 districts by now, we have… we are seeing large displacements.”
4.Cutaway, reporters
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan:
“We have 270,000 homeless people which have moved internally from the rural areas towards the urban centers, regional centers. We are witnessing, also the deportations and removal, mostly from Iran of large numbers of Afghans, returning to the country. And we are also seeing very intensive movements of population in the areas adjacent to the borders, where the Iranian, Pakistan’s borders are now largely closed, and the people are using the illegal border crossing, trying to move through those borders.”
6.Cutaway, reporters
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan:
“What we are seeing at the moment is an increased level of violence against them. There is a 30 percent increase in incidents, affecting humanitarian workers. 35 humanitarians since the beginning of the year have been killed, 63 injured. And that represents a 30 percent increase compared to last year.”
8.Cutaway, reporters
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Ramiz Alakbarov, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan:
“We have appealed this year, for USD 1.3 billion. We have received only USD 450 million, which means that our appeal, and the needs we have estimated is funded at 37 percent of the need. We need… our plan is to provide assistance to at least 15.7 million people. And right now, it will not be possible without additional contributions.”
10.Wide shot, press room
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One third of Afghans are experiencing acute malnutrition, while half of the population in in humanitarian need, the UN top official in the country said on Thursday (15 Jul), calling for more funds to aid Afghanistan’s population.

“As we went into the year, we have experienced two specific issues,” Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, told New York based reporters in a virtual briefing.

One of the issues is a second drought that has hit Afghanistan in the last three years “and the gradual military takeover by the Taliban of more than 170 districts,” causing “large displacements,” according to Alakbarov.

“We have 270,000 homeless people which have moved internally from the rural areas towards the urban centers, regional centers,” said Alakbarov. “We are witnessing, also the deportations and removal, mostly from Iran of large numbers of Afghans.”

The situation in Afghanistan is also becoming more dangerous for the humanitarian workers, who find themselves more and more targeted by violence.

“There is a 30 percent increase in incidents affecting humanitarian workers. 35 humanitarians since the beginning of the year have been killed, 63 injured,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator said.

The humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan for this year - USD 1.3 billion – is only 37 percent funded.

“Our plan is to provide assistance to at least 15.7 million people. And right now, it will not be possible without additional contributions,” Alakbarov said.
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