World Food Program has announced $2.6 billion to address the humanitarian crisis, especially the hunger of 8.7 million Afghans as the freezing winter is deteriorating the situation.
Communication chief of WFP in Afghanistan Shelley Thakral said that this was a race against time and that she was worried about not being able to keep up.
“We do not have enough funds and we are asking for US$2.6 billion to scale up as we must in 2022 – that’s about 30 cents of a US dollar per person we need to reach per day. We’re currently nowhere close to this.” Said Thakral in a video call to Herat.
Thakral said that over half of the Afghan population suffering from food insecurity while 8.7 million people are at risk of starvation.
The chief of communication also expressed concern about electricity blackout in Afghanistan and that people do not have money to buy wood or fuel.
“Mothers are telling me that most of the time we decide who to eat and who doesn’t have to and most of the time that is the mother who chooses not to eat.” Said Thakral.
She also said that there are fewer labor opportunities and that industries are stalled that have obliged people to sell their home items.
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Source: The Khaama Press News Agency