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The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated significantly since the Taliban assumed control two years ago. A staggering two-thirds of the country’s population, approximately 30 million people, now heavily depend on international assistance for basic survival. The combination of widespread job losses, financial constraints, and soaring prices has created immense challenges for millions, with children and women bearing the brunt of the crisis.
A dire reality is evident as around 15.3 million individuals grapple with severe food insecurity. Malnutrition has surged to emergency levels in 25 out of the 34 provinces, posing a serious threat to over half of children under the age of five and a quarter of pregnant and breastfeeding women. This alarming trend leads to stunted growth, weakened immune systems, and an elevated risk of diseases.
Despite the escalating needs, humanitarian organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to cope. A funding gap of $4.6 billion is hindering efforts to assist 23.7 million people under the 2023 Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan. Complicating matters, the lack of development aid to these organizations and the international community’s reluctance to officially recognize the Taliban government present formidable obstacles.
Critics argue that the Taliban’s preoccupation with conflict and terrorism has exacerbated the crisis. They contend that resources should be redirected towards rebuilding the economy, generating employment opportunities, and alleviating the suffering of the Afghan populace.
As winter looms, the situation is expected to worsen. Without prompt intervention, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan could escalate into a full-fledged disaster.