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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - Ukraine

22 avr 2021

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Displaced people in Dand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, December 2020. © OCHA/Fariba Housaini

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 22 April 2021

Afghanistan

La Niña weather patterns that may develop into drought are compounding food insecurity in Afghanistan.

One third of Afghanistan’s estimated population of 40.4 million – that is, just more than 14 million people – are facing acute food insecurity due to conflict, COVID-19, high food prices and rampant unemployment. This is according to the latest Integrated Phase Classification Food Security analysis.

Out of this number, 4.2 million people (one in ten Afghans) are facing emergency food insecurity levels requiring urgent response to save lives and protect livelihoods.

Nearly half of all children under 5 are projected to face acute malnutrition in 2021.

While this represents a slight improvement in the food security situation, the full impact of low rainfall at the start of this year will be clearer later this year.

In 2021, UN and humanitarian partners in Afghanistan need $1.3 billion to help 15.7 million of the 18.4 million people in need, mainly because of food insecurity. Only $113 million (9 per cent) of the funding has been received so far, forcing some aid organizations to consider discontinuing critical activities.

 

Ukraine

A UN-organized humanitarian convoy today delivered 23 tons of hygiene items to the Donetska oblast through the Novotroitske crossing point.

This is the second UN convoy through the Novotroitske, the only operational crossing point in Donetska oblast, since it reopened for the delivery of humanitarian cargo on 15 April.

The crossing point was closed for humanitarian cargo movement from 24 February to 15 April due to security concerns. Twice-weekly civilian crossings continued during the same period.

Some 1.67 million people need humanitarian assistance in non-Government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. The elderly, people with disabilities, female-headed households and children are among the most vulnerable.

Humanitarian access restrictions to non-Government-controlled areas have a direct impact on the capacity of UN and humanitarian partners to help affected people.