UN predicts 274 million people will need humanitarian aid by 2022, appeals to $ 41 billion from donors

The UN needed $ 41 billion from donors for their projects in 2022, as they predict that about 274 million people will require some form of humanitarian aid next year, the Associated Press reported.

The head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Martin Griffiths, said he does not expect to reach the goal of raising the $ 41 billion needed from donors to provide an estimated 183 million people in most need for humanitarian aid next year.

OCHA officials said they predict there will be a 17 percent increase in 2022 for people who will need immediate help, according to their annual survey of future needs.

Griffiths said they were only able to reach about 70 percent of the people they wanted to help this year.

The UN said it expects humanitarian aid to be needed in more countries struggling with the effects of COVID-19 pandemic problems and climate change.

“The climate crisis is affecting the world’s most vulnerable people first and foremost. Prolonged conflicts are grinding on, and instability has worsened in several parts of the world, particularly Ethiopia, Myanmar and Afghanistan,” Griffiths said.

With the pandemic underway, Griffiths said they were able to vaccinate millions of people in Myanmar, but that “the pandemic is not over and poor countries are deprived of vaccines.”

For more reporting from the Associated Press see below.

Directorate of Disaster Relief, Afghanistan
The UN predicts that 274 million people will require humanitarian aid next year in countries including Afghanistan and Ethiopia. Above, a family prepares tea outside the Disaster Directorate’s office, where they are based in Herat, Afghanistan, on November 29, 2021.
Petros Giannakouris, Fil / AP Photo

The appeal brings together the needs of a number of UN agencies and their partners and is unlikely to live up to its ambitions. This year, donors donated over $ 17 billion to projects in last year’s Global Humanitarian Overview from OCHA, but funding has been less than half of the UN’s 2021 request.

The overview sets out country-specific plans for 30 countries, half of them in Africa and most of the rest in the Middle East or Latin America.

Griffiths cited estimates by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization that 45 million people are at risk of starvation in dozens of countries.

“Humanitarian aid matters,” Griffiths said. “We were able to stop the famine that hit half a million people in southern Sudan … we provided health care to 10 million people in Yemen.”

OCHA says more than 24 million people need lifesaving assistance in Afghanistan, driven by conflict, political unrest, coronavirus, economic shock and the worst drought in more than a generation.

“We never left Afghanistan. And we are there now with an expected program for 2022, three times as large as the program for 2021 – because of the different needs and circumstances that you know so well,” he said.

It appeared to be a hint that Taliban fighters were driven out by the internationally backed Afghan government in August, and a wave of humanitarian needs in the country – including the fight against famine and hunger – since then.

Griffiths said the situation in Ethiopia, where the government has been fighting fighters from the Tigray region, is the “most worrying” in terms of “urgent, immediate needs” and said he was “very concerned” about a possible siege of fighters. in the capital Addis Ababa.

“The ability to respond to an imploded Ethiopia is almost impossible to imagine,” he said.

“I think Ethiopia is the most worrying thing,” Griffiths said, adding, “It’s a terrible thing to have to choose between, you know, places in such great need” in the world.

Villagers, donkey, Ethiopia
The UN does not believe it will reach its goal of raising $ 41 billion to help the record number of people who may need humanitarian aid by 2022. Above, villagers carry their belongings on donkeys in the rain near the village of Chenna Teklehaymanot in the northern Ethiopia on September 9, 2021.
File / AP Photo
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