The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in a report has said that the UN is seeking $733 million in humanitarian relief for Afghans in 2020.
A total of 9.4 million people are estimated to be in humanitarian need in 2020, up from 6.3 million in 2019, according to the UN’s Humanitarian Response Plan.
Of those in need, the UN plans to reach 7.1 million with assistance and requires $733 million to do so.
“This more ambitious plan will require sustained, increased and early funding from donors and on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, I urge continued and generous support from the international community for this multi-year plan,” said Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan.
The plan includes humanitarian response to some of the country’s estimated four million protected internally displaced people who had previously been outside the plan, as well as more people with specific vulnerabilities such as women who are heading households, people with disabilities and those experiencing mental issues.
According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the humanitarian action in Afghanistan provides life-saving emergency assistance to people in need, whether they are displaced or not.
It also supports the most vulnerable people who are unable to access basic services or ensure their own survival, aspiring to leave no one behind. It aims to preserve people’s dignity, improve their living conditions, and strengthen their coping capacity and resilience.