Credit: Jim Huylebroek
Aid agencies in Afghanistan need US$430 million this year to help the most vulnerable girls, women, boys and men across the country. The money will be used to assist 2.8 million people displaced by conflict or natural disasters with emergency shelter and food, to treat patients injured by conflict, to feed malnourished children or assist vulnerable families returning home after years in Iran or Pakistan.
“In many parts of Afghanistan, violence continues unabated and people need support more than ever,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan. “Today I call on international donors to stand by 2.8 million people whose lives have been ruined by conflict or natural disaster, and to help people returning to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries.”
Armed clashes in the past year were the highest in a decade and civilian casualties remained near record levels. More than two million people were directly affected by the conflict last year, 448,000 of whom had to abandon their homes to save their lives. More than 500,000 people arrived in Afghanistan in 2017, many of them after seeking refuge in Iran, Pakistan or other countries.
Last year's appeal was 77.6% funded - receiving US$317 million out of the $409.4 million requested. This year though, a decision was made to launch a multi-year appeal. "The decision to move to a multi-year Humanitarian Response Plan – the first of its kind for Afghanistan – hinges on the reality that humanitarian programming will be required here for some time, and in parallel to the considerable development cooperation and progress underway", said Toby Lanzer. "At the same time, there have been many conversations outside and inside Afghanistan about linking humanitarian aid and development; the trick is to do it."
The Plan revolves around three strategic objectives:
|Save lives in the areas of highest need
||Reduce protection violations and increase respect for International Humanitarian Law
||People struck by sudden onset crises get the help they need, on time