UN official warns against aid cut
KABUL (Pajhwok): UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Kyung-wha Kang has concluded her visit to Afghanistan, calling for continued support for vulnerable communities affected by conflict and natural disasters.
With a major security, political and economic transition underway, any significant reduction in international aid could have a devastating impact on people’s lives, Ms. Kang warned in a statement.
She stressed access to essential services, including healthcare, and timely assistance to displaced people were paramount for Afghanistan’s overall transition and development.
“The conflict has affected people’s access to medical care severely,” said. Kang. “Last year there was a 60 per cent increase in the number of people treated for conflict-related injuries. It is very clear that insecurity remains a major concern – both endangering the lives of civilians and constraining humanitarian access.”
Following a visit to Badakhshan, where hundreds of people were killed by a massive landslide last week, she highlighted the longer-term needs of people displaced by natural disasters in the country.
In a meeting with Governor Shah Waliullah Adeeb and Director-General of Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority Dr. Mohammad Dayem Kakar, she extended her condolences to the victims and survivors and assured UN support.
“Investing in disaster risk reduction to improve preparedness and reduce and better mitigate underlying risks and vulnerabilities must remain a key priority,” added Ms. Kang.
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