The United Nations (UN) has announced the launch of a more than $5 billion funding appeal for Afghanistan to avert a major humanitarian crisis in the South Asian country.
As part of the global body’s largest ever humanitarian appeal for a single country, it said $4.4bn was required within Afghanistan, and a further $623m was needed to support Afghan refugees abroad.
Speaking to media in Geneva, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said $4.4 billion was meant for the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan “to pay direct” to health workers and others, while $623 million was needed for the Afghanistan Situation Regional Refugee Response Plan.
“Today we are launching an appeal for $4.4 billion dollars for Afghanistan itself for 2022,” he said. “This is the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance and it is three times the amount needed and actually fund-raised in 2021.”
Griffiths stressed that…