UN aid chief appeals to G20 to stop widespread hunger in Afghanistan

United Nations, Oct 30 (AP) The UN chief of humanitarian aid has sent a strong message to the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies. He said that Afghanistan should be worried because its economy is being devastated and half the population is in danger of not having enough food to eat and snowfall has started.

“The needs are increasing in Afghanistan,” Martin Griffiths, the UN’s chief of humanitarian aid affairs, told The Associated Press (AP) in an interview on Friday, adding that half of Afghan children under the age of five have severe malnutrition. And there is an outbreak of measles in every province.

Griffiths warned that the creation of a food crisis leads to malnutrition and then disease and death, and that if appropriate steps are not taken in this regard, the world will see death in Afghanistan.

The WFP (World Food Programme) this week has appealed for US$200 million in funding for its campaigns by the end of this year. Griffiths has urged funding from the US and European countries that cut development aid to the country after the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15. He said that there is an urgent need of funds to provide humanitarian aid in this country. He said that the European Union has given 100 million euros for humanitarian work.

AP Sneha Avinash



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