On Monday, the UNHCR warned of impending Afghanistan human catastrophe as evacuations from Kabul wind up in coming days. Appealing for support and urging collective action by regional and external states, United Nations Human Rights Council highlights Afghan situation as precarious and volatile.
The UN High Commissioner see the situation amid evacuations and US fall-out as “a larger crisis is just beginning” in Afghanistan and for its 39 million people.
Looming humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan after Kabul airlifts
Filippo Grandi, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, whose agency said last Friday that up to 500,000 Afghans could flee by year-end, reiterated a call for borders to remain open and offer a helping hand to the distraught refugees who are becoming displaced and leaving the country for a better future.
More than half a million Afghans – a majority of whom are women & children – have been forced to flee due to increasing violence & insecurity.
UNHCR calls on Afghanistan's neighbours to keep their borders open. Being able to seek safety can save the lives of countless civilians. pic.twitter.com/KMzjK1RODB
— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) August 29, 2021
The UN High Commissioner urged more countries to share “this humanitarian responsibility” with Iran and Pakistan which already host 2.2 million Afghans.
“The airlifts out of Kabul will end in a matter of days, and the tragedy that has unfolded will no longer be as visible. But it will still be a daily reality for millions of Afghans. We must not turn away. A far greater humanitarian crisis is just beginning,” Grandi said in a statement.
"We must help in all the possible ways that we can." –
— UNHCR United Kingdom (@UNHCRUK) August 26, 2021
No end to Afghanistan humanitarian catastrophe, warns UNHCR