UN appeals for $393m in aid to vulnerable Afghans
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Wednesday launched an appeal for $393 million in humanitarian aid to millions of vulnerable Afghans during the current year.
Aired live by local TV channels, the appeal was jointly launched by the UN's humanitarian coordinator Mark Bowden and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.
In his brief remarks, the CEO hoped that donor countries would live up to their commitments of previous years to aid Afghanistan’s vulnerable population.
The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan seeks to help millions of Afghans needing food, shelter, health care, nutrition, potable water and other basic commodities.
On Tuesday, the UN refugee agency and its partners appealed to donors for $550 million to support the ongoing humanitarian response for 2016.
About half the funds will be allocated for Greece, which has borne the brunt of an influx that saw more than a million refugees and migrants pour into Europe, with Afghans accounting for 20 percent.
Also on Tuesday, UNICEF launched a $2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies in 63 of the 190 countries where the agency works.
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