Aid organisations are warning of a dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the coming winter.
“The harsh Afghan winter is weeks away when families will be forced to make the impossible choice between heating their homes and feeding their children,’’ the United Nations World Food Programme said on online platform X on Tuesday.
Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Germany, Corina Pfitzner emphasise that the situation in the country is already a catastrophic
According to UN figures, more than 29 million of the country’s 40 million people are currently dependent on humanitarian aid, .
Pfitzner in addition added that, many people were still without shelter after the series of earthquakes in western Afghanistan,.
The coming winter will also make medical care in the country more difficult, as many regions will soon be barely accessible for mobile health teams due to snowfall.
After decades of conflict, Afghanistan lacks basic infrastructure in many places. “These systems have to be built now,’’ says Pfitzner.
“We look to the coming period with great concern,’’ Florian Westphal of Save the Children told dpa.
Since the announced mass deportation of unregistered Afghan refugees in neighbouring Pakistan, hundreds of families are currently returning to Afghanistan every day but often without knowing where they will find accommodation, he said.
However, for many, the only option is to stay in tents at the border, in spite of falling temperatures