With Afghanistan facing a severe crisis in the forthcoming days on account of the exiting of the foreign armed forces and the Taliban beginning its occupancy again in the country – this time as a legally recognised government – the United Nations has stepped forward asking for monetary aid from its member nations.
The UN is seeking to raise $600 million in aid for the beleaguered nation. This fund-raiser comes after the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stopped funding in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021.
The UN is expected to hold a conference in Geneva on Monday, 13th September in which it said it would raise the subject of monetary assistance for the mountainous country.
The United Nations' efforts towards Afghanistan
In a press statement talking about its decision to step up the assistance work, the UN noted, “The country faces an extremely dire situation and is confronted with protracted conflict, severe drought and the Covid-19 pandemic in a context where...
almost half of the population were already in need of aid. Recent developments have increased their vulnerability. The economy is grinding to a halt with cash in short supply. Concern for the rights of women and girls is rising”.
According to available data, around 3.5 million Afghans have been forced to move out of their cities and homes, in search of safe havens as the Taliban swept through the country, retaking provinces before the end of the American deadline to pull out its forces, on 31st August.
The UN also said that around 1/3rd of the $600 million funding will be allocated to its World Food Programme (WFP) in order to provide food access to the people of the country. The UN said that many people had no way to procure food for themselves following this crisis.
Meanwhile, as the crisis unfolds and as international agencies rally around Afghanistan, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reached the country on Monday to take stock of the situation unravelling before the world.