United Nations warns Afghanistan: UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Tuesday of the impending ‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the U.S. He also appealed to the international community to provide assistance to support its people.
Guterres said Afghan people were living under “the threat that basic services would be completely destroyed” during the occupation of the Taliban. He added that “almost half” of Afghan people depend on helping people survive.
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“I urge all Member States to hold Afghanistan seriously in their darkest times,” Guterres said in a statement. “I urge them to provide timely, flexible, and comprehensive funding. I urge them to help ensure that social workers have the support, access, and legal protection they need to stay and deliver. ”
UN warning follows the departure of the last U.S. military In Afghanistan on Monday. Secretary of State Tony Blinken pointed to the plight of Afghan people in a speech earlier this week, noting that “millions” have been displaced or face “famine, even starvation.”
Blinken said the United States was committed to providing assistance to the Afghan people. He added that the Biden administration would take steps to ensure that the aid “would not flow to the Taliban-led government,” but rather through UN and non-governmental organizations.
The United Nations “distributed aid to eight million people” this year and airlifted 12.5 tons of medical supplies to the country on Monday, according to Guterres.
“In the event of a severe drought and severe winter conditions are imminent, more food, shelter and health must be expedited in the country,” he added. “I urge all parties to help secure and uninterrupted access to life-saving and life-support services, as well as all social workers – men and women.”