The appeal to world leaders is launched by Mary-Ellen McGroarty, National Director for Afghanistan of the World Food Program
The alarm is launched by the UN. With the return of Taliban rule, the threat of an “absolute catastrophe” of hunger, homelessness and economic collapse hangs over an Afghanistan already severely tested by the crises of recent years. To avert the meltdown, an urgent humanitarian effort needs to be agreed in the wake of the US withdrawal from the country. The appeal to world leaders is launched by Mary-Ellen McGroarty, national director for Afghanistan of the United Nations World Food Program, declaring to the British Observer that swift and coordinated action is essential. “Otherwise, an already dire situation will only become an absolute catastrophe, a complete humanitarian disaster,” he said. «We must bring supplies to the country – said McGroarty – not only in terms of food, but also of medical supplies, of shelters. We need money and we need it now. ‘ As chaos continues at Kabul airport, humanitarian leaders are deeply concerned about how the humanitarian situation could evolve in the short term. “If we are late for the next six or seven weeks, it will start to get too late. People have nothing. We must bring the food now and bring it to the communities of the provinces, before the roads are blocked by snow, ”explained the UN official speaking from Kabul. McGroarty recalled that one in three Afghans were already in a hunger crisis, with over two million children at risk of malnutrition. The drought had already led to a 40% reduction in grain production, while the Afghan currency was already collapsing. And Covid rates are high. “As everyone around the world has observed, there has been an escalation of the conflict in the past two months: over 500,000 people displaced, 250,000 of whom since May. You have seen tens of thousands of people flocking to Kabul “, who” have left their homes and left their farms. People haven’t been able to cultivate, it’s not safe to go out. They have nothing but clothes on their backs. ‘ Now, “what is urgent is some form of ceasefire that will allow for a massive increase in the humanitarian response. The humanitarian imperative cannot be lost, ”explained McGroarty.