By: Shukria Kohistani
As Afghans are asking for continued assistance of international welfare and humanitarian organizations, UN and international humanitarian agencies say they will stay to deliver humanitarian services in Afghanistan.
UN relevant and a number of international humanitarian organizations have assured of their continued presence to deliver humanitarian assistance and service to millions of needy people of Afghanistan. According to the United Nations and international non-government organizations, continued clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban, lack of food safety and increasing impacts of COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in increasing in number of needy individuals from 4.9 million in 2020 to 4.18 million in 2021 in Afghanistan.
Expressing concern over continued violence and insecurities as well as civilian casualties in Afghanistan, the UN and international humanitarian organizations said more than 100,000 people have been displaced from their home areas across Afghanistan due to increasing clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban in the past one year.
Meanwhile, the UN and other international humanitarian non-government organizations, the number of which reach to 165, said they have addressed 12 million needy people in the past one year, adding that despite of lack of budget and operational challenges, they have been able to deliver humanitarian assistance to 7.3 million people during the first three months of the current year.
In a joint statement, the UN and a number of international humanitarian non-government organizations have said nearly $3.1 billion budget is needed to address 7.15 needy and miserable people in Afghanistan during the current year, adding that they’ve got only 13 percent of the considered budget.
They have asked the international community and donor countries to provide and increase their humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan as soon as possible.
In the statement, the UN and other international humanitarian non-government organizations have asked all sides to the ongoing conflict to protect civilians, humanitarian agencies’ workers and public infrastructures as schools and hospitals so that necessary assistance and services are delivered to people in need and those suffering from COVID-19 pandemic, lack of food, continued clashes and drought in various parts of the country.
This comes amid of increasing insecurities and violence that have caused that people concern over instability and insecurities.
Nizamuddin Ayar and Hashmat, two Afghan citizens, say undoubtedly Afghanistan is among countries that has experienced lots of violence and wars and there is still fighting the victims of which are innocent civilians despite of continued effort towards maintaining peace in the country.
They said in such circumstances, continued presence of the UN and other humanitarian non-government organizations was a serious need to deliver humanitarian assistance and services to needy and miserable people in various parts of the country.
It is worth mentioning that Germany has lately announced to provide 5.4 million euro assistance to Afghanistan. The amount will be spent towards rule of law, increasing people’s access to justice and legal awareness of citizens particularly women and improvement of judicial and police.
After signing a memorandum of understanding for receiving the assistance from Germany, minister of justice Fazil Ahmad Manawi said the other day Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan in rule of law and people’s access to justice would continue till 2023.
It is worth mentioning that the international community, US and NATO have assured of continued cooperation with Afghanistan in different sectors.