August 27th, local time, the UNITED Nations high commissioner for refugees online introduced regional preparations and emergency plans for Afghan refugees, noting that by the end of this year, about 500,000 new refugees are expected to be added to the region. The agency called on all of Afghanistan’s neighbors to keep their borders open to those seeking to flee the growing crisis, and called the figure a “worst case scenario.”
Based on an analysis of the current social, economic, political and security situation, UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Kelly Clements said: “The purpose of these figures is to enable us to plan and pre-arrange critical assistance in advance so that emergency interventions can be scaled up as quickly and effectively as necessary.” ”
The program is seeking a total of about $299 million to support the activities of United Nations agencies this year, including UNHCR, the United Nations World Food Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund and non-governmental organizations working with the United Nations. “Increased and immediate funding will enable us to pre-arrange core relief projects and prepare for emergency intervention,” Clements said. ”
She stressed that there had been no large-scale cross-border movement of Afghan refugees and that the greatest demand remained within the country, while the effects of the conflict had been exacerbated by the severe drought and coronavirus.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also called for funding, noting that earlier this year, an estimated 18 million people in Afghanistan were in need of humanitarian assistance, an “alarming number” that is expected to actually increase as a result of the conflict, drought and the outbreak of coronavirus.