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UN humanitarian chief due in Afghanistan

UN humanitarian chief due in Afghanistan

Sep 06, 2016 - 11:08

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien will visit Afghanistaninfo-icon from September 6 to 7 to see first-hand the devastating humanitarian consequences of the conflict and efforts to respond to escalating needs. 

During the two-day visit, he is expected to meet displaced communities, senior government officials, humanitarian partners and the diplomatic community to discuss the evolving needs and ways of strengthening the current response.

More than 1.2 million people have been displaced from their homes by the conflict over the last four years, including 229,000 people since the beginning of 2016, according to a statement from UNOCHA.

It said alarming levels of malnutrition affect 2.7 million Afghans, including one million children under the age of five. Only 35 per cent of children with acute malnutrition are being reached and of those, only 25 per cent are actually cured.

With more than a million people anticipated to be displaced internally and across borders by the end of the year, Afghanistan is facing a potential humanitarian crisis as highly vulnerable families face the severity of winter, many for the first time.

Due to the sudden influx of returnees, the humanitarian community in Afghanistan has decided to launch a Flash Appeal to support the humanitarian response to the needs of more people on the move. 


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