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Even though the war has subsided, the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is far from over. Millions of Afghans, at least half of them children, remain at high risk. Hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes by conflict and drought into temporary camps where life is difficult. And throughout the more remote regions of the country, it is still difficult to deliver relief supplies such as food and medicine on a reliable basis.
Since September 2001, UNICEF has worked in partnership with the Afghan Transitional Authority (previously the Afghan Interim Administration), the humanitarian community and the people of Afghanistan to make substantial progress in a number of areas.
UNICEF believes that placing children, youth and women at the centre of the recovery process is the best investment for Afghanistan’s future. UNICEF also believes that focusing Afghans on the welfare of their children can provide a national cause around which to rally.
For these reasons, UNICEF’s immediate priorities have been to:
In the longer term, UNICEF is also working on improving the capacity of the interim and transitional administrations and other national partners to:
Only 72 per cent of UNICEF's $191 million funding requirements have been met and the shortfall will affect all areas of work. The priority needs are:
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