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IRC lists Afghanistan Second in Humanitarian Emergency Watchlist

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The International Rescue Committee warned that Afghanistan is on the most dangerous humanitarian emergencies list for 2021, the country is dealing with a triple threat of COVID-19, climate change, and conflict.

IRC in a published emergency watchlist on Tuesday said, that the most dangerous humanitarian emergencies of 2021 were all neglected, IRC analysis indicates Yemen a country most at risk of a humanitarian catastrophe, followed by Afghanistan, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, South Sudan, Nigeria, Venezuela, and Mozambique.

According to a report measures containing the coronavirus left women behind, as they face devastating harm in regards to economical opportunities, schooling, and access to health care in the listed countries.

Ongoing conflicts compounded by COVID-19 and climate change led to unprecedented emergencies globally,

David Miliband, President and CEO at the IRC, said, “2020 will go down as one of the most turbulent years in history, but the next year will be remembered for how we either helped or turned away from those suffering the most”, adding that “Watchlist 2021 should serve as a wake-up call for policymakers, government leaders, and concerned citizens around the world about the cost of neglecting humanitarian crises – and how they urgently need international attention”.

“the most severe and devastating crises like Afghanistan, Syria, and DRC have been reeling for years or even decades, and are expected to become even worse in 2021.” Miliband stated in the watchlist, said these threats, worsened living situations for the people living in the listed countries, mostly impacted by war, “as we see rises in violence against women, early and forced marriage, loss of income and education opportunities.” Bilind stated.

Countries listed in the IRC 2021 Watchlist.

1. Yemen

2. Afghanistan

3. Syria

4. The Democratic Republic of the Congo

5. Ethiopia

6. Burkina Faso

7. South Sudan

8. Nigeria

9. Venezuela

10. Mozambique

 Displacement also heavily impacted people in conflict-ridden countries, and aid agencies like IRC are increasingly facing obstacles or are under attack by conflicting parties, this prevents organizations as such to reach those in need.

Humanitarian supports in Afghanistan have increased “ 385% since 2015” and “are at risk of an even more violent 2021”. Statement read.

According to IRC, after 2016 94% of all aid workers were killed, 84% of them wounded, and 98% of aid workers were kidnapped in the listed countries on the watchlist.

It is stated in the report that “Wars are increasingly fought without respect for International Humanitarian Law, resulting in direct harm to civilians and critical infrastructure,”.

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