Posted on 15 March 2023
It has been revealed that over two thirds of Afghanistan’s population will require humanitarian assistance in 2023, with high levels of food insecurity, conflict and human rights violations threatening the population.
Roza Otunbayeva, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, spoke to the issue at a Security Council briefing last week, stating “Afghanistan remains the largest humanitarian crisis globally.” She identifies severe gender inequalities, particularly in NGOs, and the Islamic State Afghanistan branch as additional key threats to stability in the nation.
There is concern that the aid being given to this population by international organisations is not only minimal but has a lack of cohesive strategy. Otunbayeva calls for “unified, patient and principled engagement that puts the needs and rights of the Afghan people first.”