Kabul: 4th August 2021 (TDI) Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are encouraging international support for the people of Afghanistan as they deal with drought, covid-19, and armed conflict.
The President of Afghanistan announced that 30 percent of the country is exposed to extreme drought, 50 percent to serious drought, and 20 percent to average drought. The President officially declared a drought on 22nd June. The wheat crops in Afghanistan will be declined by 2 million tons and 3 million livestock is already at the risk of death. Drought has hit Afghanistan right in the middle of a pandemic when covid-19 is making health and care even more difficult, people have already lost jobs and there have been socio-economic hardships. Right now Afghanistan is facing a severe shortage of food and water due to drought.
Afghan Red Crescent teams are working day and night to provide relief, food, and other sorts of assistance to those affected by drought. Not only this but Afghan Red Crescent is widely recognized and accepted by parties to the conflict due to its neutrality, so it can reach communities that are otherwise left behind.