Two-thirds of Afghan Population Need Humanitarian Aid in 2023, Says UN Official

Friday, 11/18/2022

Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, said that two-thirds of people in Afghanistan will need humanitarian aid in 2023.

Alakbarov said that currently 25 million Afghans live in poverty.

The participants in an informal meeting of the UN Security Council expressed their concerns about the situation in Afghanistan.

In addition to representatives of several countries, members of civil society and regional experts were also present in this meeting.

Alakbarov said, “65 percent of the population of Afghanistan needs humanitarian aid. This year, we expect a 35-40 percent decrease in the country’s GDP."

According to him, the financial system of Afghanistan has collapsed and the cost of food has become unbearable for the people of Afghanistan, leaving families in debt.

He added that with the current situation in Afghanistan, more than 700,000 people have lost their jobs.

According to Alakbarov, three-quarters of the income of the Afghan people has been spent on preparing food.

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