On Sunday, the UNICEF Afghanistan launched its Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) 2019 appeal, which highlights a total of 6.3 million people in need of humanitarian support, including 3.8 million children. These children are disaster and conflict affected.
“Despite efforts being made, children continue to bear the brunt of; conflict; adverse climatic conditions including one of the worst drought in years; a harsh winter; unprecedented levels of food insecurity and fragile social systems amongst others. Some 3 out of 10 children are experiencing psychosocial distress, and some 600,000 children under the age of five years are suffering from severe acute malnutrition,” emphasised Adele Khodr, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative.
As per their press release, UNICEF has appealed for $50 million to provide the lifesaving support to more than 570,000 children with basic health and nutrition packages, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and child protection support.
These resources will enable UNICEF to further enhance its support to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), expand the use of mobile health clinics in remote areas and in internally-displaced camps.
UNICEF is also set to provide education support as well as child protection services to bring back a sense of normality to children’s lives.
”With the right support, and continued commitment of our partners, we can better support the Government and people of Afghanistan to protect children during conflict, keep hope alive, and begin to prepare children to shape peaceful futures for themselves and their communities. Without significant sustained support, UNICEF will not be able to provide critical lifesaving assistance to families in need, especially children”, Khodr emphasised.
2019 marks 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and 4 decades of war and conflict in Afghanistan.
In 2019, UNICEF and partners plan for: 300,000
people facing humanitarian situations accessing safe drinking water; 377,000
children under 5 years with SAM admitted for treatment and; 200,000 people affected by conflict and natural disaster received winter clothes and other non-food items.