Middle East/North Africa

UN: Basic services collapsing in Afghanistan

A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of the August 26 twin suicide bombs, which killed scores of people including 13 US troops, at Kabul airport on August 27, 2021.

The United Nations reported on Tuesday that basic services are beginning to collapse in Afghanistan as aid supplies and food start to run out.

U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Jens Laerke said during a briefing in Geneva that millions of Afghans are in need of health care and food, according to Reuters. 

“Basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing and food and other lifesaving aid is about to run out,” Laerke said. “We urge international donors to support this appeal fast and generously.”

OCHA has issued a call for nearly $600 million to be donated to the country in order to sustain the needs of 11 million people who face threats of starvation and drought through the rest of the year, the wire service reported, adding that Laerke encouraged donors to lend their financial support before an international aid conference for Afghanistan later this month.

On Sunday, the United Nations vowed to continue to supply the Afghan people with humanitarian aid following a meeting with the Taliban in Kabul. 

U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths reportedly “reiterated the humanitarian community’s commitment to deliver impartial and independent humanitarian assistance and protection to millions of people in need.”

The International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the U.S. Treasury all paused funding to Afghanistan once the Taliban took power last month, Reuters noted.

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