World Vision warns Afghan children are “starving” and warns that Christmas will “be too late”

The NGO World Vision warned on Thursday that the children of Afghanistan are “dying of hunger” and that Christmas time “will be too late” for the children of the Asian country.

“Afghanistan is now facing the worst hunger crisis in living memory,” said World Vision Afghanistan director Asuntha Charles, who is staying with her team in the country.

“The latest statistics show that more than half of its 40 million population are acute malnutrition and nearly nine million people are on the verge of starvation, boys and girls” beg and marry. “They are being forced into dangerous and exploitative work and out taken from school, “he warned.

World Vision warns Afghan children are “starving” and warns that Christmas will “be too late”
World Vision warns Afghan children are “starving” and warns that Christmas will “be too late”

Charles has warned that World Vision “is most afraid” of the arrival of winter as “things are going to get a lot worse”. “Soon the snowfalls will prevent access to remote areas that could be isolated for up to four months,” he said, lamenting that time is “running out” to get food aid to villages that will soon be inaccessible.

Just as he needed a massive international operation after the Taliban came to power to help thousands of people evacuate Kabul, “something similar is necessary between humanitarian NGOs and UN agencies in the coming months.”

“In less than two months, people in many countries will be sitting down for Christmas dinner and unpacking packages to find on their televisions pictures of starving and emaciated children in impoverished Afghan villages,” he said, although he expressed hope that “an avalanche of generosity.”

“But by then it will be too late,” he added, noting that it was “almost impossible” to get the food trucks over the mountain passes.

“And children weakened by malnutrition will die from the common cold, diseases like tuberculosis and respiratory infections,” he continued.

At this point, he recalled that Afghanistan’s humanitarian appeal remains underfunded despite the recent avalanche of global support and attention from donor governments pledging more than $ 1 billion. According to World Vision, more than $ 200 million a month is needed to maintain the food supply alone.

“Now is the time to act. It’s time to unlock Funds to Save Lives. The time to help is today, ”said Charles.

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