Afghanistan: Widespread famine in the country averted

Twenty million people in Afghanistan have escaped widespread famine this winter, according to Deborah Lyons, the United Nations envoy to the country. This feat was made possible thanks to the humanitarian organizations involved on the ground, the Security Council reported on Wednesday, March 2. 397 of the 401 Afghan districts have received aid.

But, according to the UN envoy, this problem could repeat itself next winter if the economic situation in the country does not improve.

Despite the takeover by the Taliban, the UN established a dialogue with the local authorities. “We do not believe that we can really help the Afghan people without cooperating with the de facto authorities”Deborah Lyons stated while emphasizing that this did not mean that the UN tolerated this political situation.

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