Humanitarian needs are rising rapidly in Afghanistan ahead of winter, when temperatures can dip to -25⁰C. Today, the first of three UNHCR flights, carrying 33 tons of winterization kits, landed in Kabul. https://t.co/9W0VM1sFDz
— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) November 2, 2021
In the last week of October, the International Organization for Migration, IOM, reached 8,400 vulnerable Afghans across the country with humanitarian assistance, and 2,330 undocumented Afghans who returned to Afghanistan, received emergency shelter.
UNHCR begins airlifts
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that it had begun airlifting aid into Kabul for the first time, with a plane carrying winter relief from the Agency’s global stockpiles in Dubai landed on Tuesday.
The UNHCR-chartered plane took off from Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, carrying 33 tons of winterization kits for displaced Afghans.
It’s the first of three UNHCR flights, with the next two scheduled to land in the Afghan capital on 4 and 7 November.
Spokesperson Shabia Mantoo, said needs were rising rapidly in Afghanistan ahead of winter, when temperatures can dip to -25⁰C.
Conflict and insecurity have displaced 3.5 million inside Afghanistan, including some 700,000 forced from their homes this year.
“We are using land, sea and air routes, to bring humanitarian relief into Afghanistan and other countries in the region, so we can respond to the increasing needs”, said Ms. Mantoo.
“Further relief supplies have also been prepositioned in Termez, Uzbekistan, ready to be trucked into Afghanistan as needed. As we continue to scale up our humanitarian response, more resources are urgently needed”, she added.
Afghanistan’s Flash Appeal, seeking $606 million to help 11 million people through the end of 2021, is currently only 50 per cent funded.