AFGHANISTAN / AID DELIVERY

12-Oct-2021 00:01:28
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said, as Afghanistan braces for an expected harsh winter, vulnerable Afghans need increased support and humanitarian assistance. UNHCR
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STORY: AFGHANISTAN / AID DELIVERY
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 06 OCTOBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
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06 OCTOBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

1. Wide shot, entrance sign of the encashment and transit center
2. Various shots, relief items at distribution site
3. Closeup, relief items
4. Various shots, internally displaced persons waiting in queue to receive relief items
5. Med shot,cash distribution center
6. Various shots, women and children at cash distribution center
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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said, as Afghanistan braces for an expected harsh winter, vulnerable Afghans need increased support and humanitarian assistance.

Winter is approaching fast in Afghanistan and tens of thousands of displaced Afghans are at the mercy of cold weather with a dip in temperature falling to nearly zero degrees in major cities of Kabul and Herat.

Afghanistan is among one of the biggest humanitarian emergencies in the world with millions of people requiring relief aid – including more than 3.5 million people forced to flee within the country because of insecurity.

UNHCR said it was boosting the delivery of relief items, along with its partners, for more and more displaced Afghans as humanitarian needs rise with each passing day.

During the last week, UNHCR was able to assist some 40,000 people in the country with emergency shelters, blankets, solar panels, cash for the most vulnerable. The Agenyc said an additional 60,000 people will receive assistance this week.
Afghanistan is currently also experiencing its second severe drought in four years and food production has been hit quite hard. One in three Afghans were already facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity and more than half of all children under-five could face acute malnutrition.

Urgent support in the winter like insulation and blankets are also crucial for displaced Afghans returning to their areas of origin. Last week, more than 1,000 left Kabul’s Kotal Khairkhana site for home and received assistance from UNHCR. More and more displaced families have expressed the intention to return home, to locations in Khost, Kunduz, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Panjshir and Parwan provinces.

UNHCR said it established a dedicated logistics humanitarian hub in Termez, Uzbekistan, to pre-position and rapidly deliver aid over the next two months.
As the humanitarian response grows, The Agency said more resources are urgently needed to reach all who need help to live through what is expected to be a harsh winter with potentially life threatening conditions.
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