Over 12 million Afghan children need humanitarian aid in 2024, UNICEF says

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reported that 12.3 million children in Afghanistan require humanitarian assistance in 2024.

According to the agency, a total of 23.7 million people in Afghanistan are in need of aid.

The report highlighted that heavy rainfall on March 29 and 30 caused significant destruction, including damage to more than 1,500 acres of agricultural land and over 540 homes, affecting seven provinces. In March, nearly 949,000 children under the age of five were screened for malnutrition, with approximately 39,246 receiving treatments for wasting.

Additionally, more than 5.4 million people accessed basic and essential health and nutrition services at UNICEF-supported facilities, with over 2.7 million of these beneficiaries being children under five.

The report also noted the critical situation following the political transition two years ago, stating that while the humanitarian response has averted a complete catastrophe, the situation in Afghanistan remains dire.

“A staggering 27.3 million people require humanitarian aid, including 12.3 million children,” it said. Drought and ongoing economic instability continue to drive the need for humanitarian support, the report added.