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Following the conflict, COVID-19, economic crisis and recent political change in Afghanistan, a significant number of citizens are facing a record level of supply shortage, which might lead to an acute hunger within the country. With winter approaching, the situation will deteriorate as there is a lack of humanitarian assistance.
“It is urgent that we act efficiently and effectively to speed up and scale up our delivery in Afghanistan before winter cuts off a large part of the country, with millions of people – including farmers, women, young children and the elderly – going hungry in the freezing winter”, said FAO Director-General Qu, Dongyu. “It is a matter of life or death.”
To stave off such a humanitarian crisis, a joint force is needed more than ever. Peaceland Foundation, although never worked in Afghanistan before, tried the best to respond as soon as possible. Starting from 29 Oct, we reached out to some volunteers in northern Afghanistan. They helped us conduct a needs assessment in Purkumir and Kunduz and identified 600+ households requiring urgent assistance. Those families are mostly internally displaced people from the previous conflict. Their displacement contributes to high levels of food insecurity since they are disconnected from their livelihoods, agricultural land, and family and community support.
On 15 Nov, we managed to purchase 30 tons of wheat flour in Mazar-i-Sharif from local merchants. The food was delivered by trucks accompanied by our volunteers. They also helped organise and implement the distribution process. The following procurements are ongoing, and we are aiming to provide a variety of food like milk powder for the different targeted populations.
In a crisis, it is always the civilians, particularly vulnerable groups such as women and children, who are facing the most difficulties in life. Peaceland Foundation calls all the humanitarian aid groups to maintain the political neutrality and independence of humanitarian work to help prevent further hunger in Afghanistan.