KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations food stocks in Afghanistan may run out this month, a senior official warns, seeking support for the vulnerable Afghans.
At least $200 million were needed only for food to ensure delivering essential items to the most vulnerable, the official said on Wednesday.
The UN deputy special representative and humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan the World Food Program (WFP) could be exhausted before October.
Ramiz Alakbarov told journalists the depletion of stocks would prevent WFP from getting the requisite supplies to those in need.
More than half of Afghan children five years of age and younger are already suffering from malnutrition and more than one-third of people do not get enough to eat.
As the UN remained determined to deliver, more funding was needed to reach millions who depend on aid to survive, he added.
“It is important that we prevent Afghanistan from descending into a further humanitarian catastrophe by taking the necessary steps to provide essential items which this country needs right now.” And that is to support food, health and protection services, and non-food items, to those who are in extreme need,” said Alakbarov.