U.N. Migration Agency Calls for Emergency Afghanistan Aid

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) appealed for $24 million urgently on Thursday, August 26 to aid more than 5 million people depopulated in Afghanistan and living in “extremely precarious” circumstances.

IOM Afghanistan Chief of Mission Stuart Simpson said in a statement, “Our humanitarian activities continue where possible, depending on access and security. Large-scale displacement driven by conflict and drought, and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, are increasing poverty and food insecurity, generating massive humanitarian and protection needs in the country.”

The statement said that priorities include shelter, water, and hygiene supplies for the 5.5 million internally depopulated Afghans, including more than 550,000 newly dislodged people in 2021, almost half of whom escaped their homes since July.

The IOM said that at the start of 2021, half of the country’s 40 million citizens already needed humanitarian aid, encompassing 10 million children whose needs are presumed to rise.

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