Fariba, 6, is a first-grade student living in Chakhansoor district of Nimruz province, Afghanistan. The area is facing shortage of water. When asked what she wants to become as an adult, she responds: “I wish to become a teacher in the future and serve in Chakhansoor district.” Photo: Christian Jepsen/NRC

The people of Afghanistan need sustainable solutions to avoid catastrophe

Published 14. Aug 2023
Statement by Neil Turner, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s country director in Afghanistan, on the two-year mark of the Taliban takeover.

“Two years since the change of authorities in Afghanistan a humanitarian tragedy is unfolding. The situation is driven by a devastating mix of food insecurity and climate change, funding cuts, operational restrictions, and the absence of effective diplomatic engagement.” 

“An estimated 15.3 million Afghans are food insecure with acute malnutrition recorded above the emergency threshold in 25 out of 34 provinces. More than halfway through the year the humanitarian response plan targeting more than 21 million people is less than 25 percent funded.” 

“The Afghan people need long-term sustainable solutions to end the humanitarian crisis. This must include efforts to promote greater economic stability including a functioning banking sector and connection to the international financial system. Without progress on the economy, including the resumption of long-term development assistance, sustainable solutions will never be achieved.” 

“NRC urges the authorities in Afghanistan to uphold their obligations as duty bearers, towards all members of the population, including enabling unhindered and principled humanitarian access and education for women and girls. Further, NRC calls on the international community to sustain humanitarian funding to stabilise the crisis and to step-up diplomatic engagement to find constructive ways forward for Afghanistan as peoples' lives and futures depend on it.”

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