Noting that displacement affects almost every urban and rural centre in Afghanistan and not just Kabul, Amos welcomed the Afghan Government’s commitment to finding a lasting solution the refugee and internal displacement problems.
“Meanwhile, we must continue to make every effort to ensure a dignified existence for all communities in need,” Amos added.
The humanitarian chief, who also serves as the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, met with some of the 80 families living in the Parwan Se settlement and witnessed their living conditions, which include little access to clean water and sanitation, and a lack of basic hygiene, health and education services, amid limited employment opportunities.
Received Only One Fourth of Needed Humanitarian Aid
UN agencies and their partners have appealed for a total of $437 million for humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan this year – but only $105.5 million, or 24 per cent, of the required funding has so far been received.
The principal purpose of Ms. Amos’ visit is to raise awareness of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and to discuss with the Afghan authorities how the humanitarian community can help improve the Government’s capacity to respond to humanitarian needs, to prepare better for disasters and to build the resilience of vulnerable communities.