Standing with Afghans at a time of dire need
Afghanistan is at a critical point in its history. Since 1990, the country’s Human Development Index score has increased by almost 70% despite numerous political and security uncertainties. However, this progress faces an existential challenge following the collapse of the government on 15th August 2021.
The resulting social, economic, and political shocks have had serious repercussions for the people of Afghanistan. The effects have been especially pronounced in rural areas where economic activities and livelihoods have been severely disrupted.
Displacement driven by conflict, drought, increasing poverty and food insecurity, as well as the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, are generating a grave humanitarian crisis.
The United Nations estimates that nearly 24.4 million people in Afghanistan will be in need of humanitarian aid in 2022. That’s over 60% of the population. The UN has also estimated that 97% of Afghans will live below the poverty line by June.
Now is not the time for the world to turn its back on the Afghan people.
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