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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - Yemen

24 Sep 2020


Flood victims line up to receive pre-packaged food from the World Food Program in Charikar, Parwan Province, Afghanistan, 3 September 2020. Credit: WFP/Massoud Hossaini

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 24 September 2020

Afghanistan: Increased displacement

Recent fighting between Afghan National Security Forces and non-State armed groups continues across Afghanistan, with increased displacement in several provinces.
In Kunduz and Takhar in the north-east, fighting reportedly displaced 17,500 people and killed 18 civilians.

As of 20 September, more than 172,000 people have been displaced by conflict this year. An estimated 4.5 million people have been displaced since 2012, with many of them living in informal settlements with few, if any, basic social services.

The UN, along with our humanitarian partners, has reached 6 million people with humanitarian aid in the first six months of the year, including food and livelihoods assistance, access to water and sanitation facilities, home-based learning materials for children, and nutrition interventions.

In addition, we continue to support the Government-led response to COVID-19, including support to medical facilities, as well as risk communication and community engagement messages, among other activities.

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan requires US$1.1 billion, targeting more than 11 million people. To date, only $339 million has been received.


Yemen: Increasing risk of famine

The UN remains concerned about the increased risk of famine in Yemen, as the lack of funding is crippling humanitarian operations in the country. Fifteen of the UN’s 41 major programmes have already been reduced or shut down and 30 more will close or reduce services in the coming weeks unless additional funding is received.

Some 20 million people in Yemen are food insecure, including 9.65 million facing acute food insecurity. Nearly half of all children are stunted by malnutrition. Some 2 million children require treatment for acute malnutrition, of which 360,000 are at risk of dying without treatment. In addition, 1 million pregnant or breastfeeding women require treatment for acute malnutrition.

Another 3 million people are at risk of worsening hunger as the coronavirus sweeps across Yemen.

To date, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is only 38 per cent funded – the lowest level ever so late in the year.

Two years ago, Yemen was on the brink of famine, but the rapid disbursement of donor pledges allowed the humanitarian response to reach millions with food aid.

We welcome recent announcements of new funding and call on all donors to pay outstanding pledges and increase their support.