Hundreds of thousands of Afghan children lack proper food, water and other essentials while conflict hampers the delivery of help, the Unicef warned on Tuesday in an appeal for 13 million dollars’ emergency aid.
Its Humanitarian Action Report 2008 covers medicines, supplements, water systems, education facilities and play areas for children – many from families that have returned from exile or been displaced by conflict.
“Afghanistan is facing a variety of natural and man-made disasters across the country,” said the United Nations Children’s Fund appeal for 39 countries. “Armed conflict, school burning, suicide attacks and kidnapping and killing of humanitarian workers limit the access to civilian population and hamper the delivery of humanitarian assistance,” the Unicef added.
The report said the return of 353,000 people from Pakistan and Iran last year, and the deportation of 260,300 more, was adding to the needs of people already affected by natural disaster.
Around 760 people have died from cold this winter, the government says, but parts of Afghanistan also suffer drought. Growing conflict in the south and east is also adding to civilian casualties and population movement, with more than 2,000 families displaced in the south last year, the Unicef said.