The United Nations will convene an international aid conference in Geneva on September 13 to help avert what UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called an “imminent humanitarian catastrophe.”
“We need the international community to stand together and support the Afghan people,” Guterres said in a Twitter post, announcing to the conference that he would aim to rapidly scale up funding for humanitarian aid.
“We are also calling for full and unfettered humanitarian access to ensure Afghans continue to receive the essential services they need,” he said.
Many Afghans struggled to feed their families amid severe drought long before Taliban terrorists took power last month, and millions now face starvation as the country is isolated and the economy crumbling, aid agencies say.
“The United Nations stands in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and is committed to staying and performing for them,” Guterres said.