The United Nations warned on Tuesday that “8.7 million people are at risk of facing famine-like conditions in Afghanistan.”
This came in a press conference held by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, at the permanent headquarters of the International Organization in New York.
Haq said, “The United Nations World Food Program has confirmed that 8.7 million people are at risk of facing famine-like conditions in Afghanistan.”
“Another 14.1 million people face acute levels of food insecurity,” he said.
Haq noted that “the World Food Program has warned that the conflict has displaced more than 600,000 people.
It significantly affects humanitarian access, and in addition, Afghanistan is facing a severe drought.
In 2022, the World Food Program plans to increase its humanitarian assistance to meet the food needs of 23 million people in Afghanistan.
The total cost for next year is expected to be about $2.5 billion.
And last August, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, in parallel with a final stage of a US military withdrawal that was completed on the 31st of the same month.