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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of the Congo

11 Aug 2022

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Earthquake Emergency Response in Afghanistan. (Photo credit: WFP/Sadeq Naseri)

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - 11 August 2022

Afghanistan

Between January and June, almost 23 million people received at least one form of humanitarian assistance. This is 94 per cent of the 24.4 million people in need. Food assistance has also been stepped up to reach nearly 22 million people this year. 

Following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake in the south-eastern region of Afghanistan on 22 June, humanitarian partners have reached 85,000 people [85 per cent of those directly affected] with food, emergency shelter, health care and other critical assistance.



Our colleagues add that the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund and the Central Emergency Response Fund have played a pivotal role in preventing a collapse of the health and education sectors by ensuring essential workers continue to be paid. So far in 2022, the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund has provided $189 million to partners delivering life-saving assistance. 



Despite this massive response, the scale of needs in Afghanistan far outstrips the capacity of humanitarian partners, Humanitarian Coordinator Ramiz Alakbarov said in a statement today. 

Mr. Alakbarov stressed that this tragic reality will continue unless a functioning economy and banking system is restored, girls are officially able to return to school, and women and girls can meaningfully and safely participate in all aspects of social, political and economic life, including humanitarian work.



Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
Our humanitarian colleagues are very concerned about the continuing deterioration of the security situation affecting civilians in the eastern province of Ituri.

Since early July, armed groups have killed at least 100 civilians, kidnapped more than 93 people, including many children, and caused the displacement of over 96,000 people, according to partners on the ground.



Affected people no longer have access to their farms, the main source of income for the vast majority of civilians. The most urgent needs of those affected include protection, food, shelter, non-food items and healthcare services.And security constraints continue to affect humanitarian operations. Two international Non-Governmental Organizations withdrew from Ituri, this weekend impacting the delivery of critical assistance to more than 44,000 displaced people.


OCHA is intensifying its advocacy efforts with the authorities to ensure that the protection of civilians remains a priority.