WORLD Hundreds of thousands of Afghan children receive support in 2021: UNICEF

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Hundreds of thousands of Afghan children receive support in 2021: UNICEF

Xinhua

19:37, December 21, 2021

Afghan children play near a house in Kandahar province on December 5, 2021. (Photo: AFP)

KABUL, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided help to hundreds of thousands of children in Afghanistan in the first 11 months of 2021, as the aid agencies scaled up effort to help more people before the winter in the Asian country, the UNICEF-Afghanistan said on Tuesday.

Between January to November 2021, UNICEF-Afghanistan helped treat more than 295,000 children from severe acute malnutrition, the agency wrote on Twitter.

A total of 653,000 children have been vaccinated against measles and 758,000 children have been supported with access to learning. The UNICEF-Afghanistan also provided 2,800 households with humanitarian cash transfers, the organization said in a statement.

"UNICEF is continuing to work with partners to support children and their families across the country," it said.

Over the past year, the conflicts, drought, and COVID-19 pandemic have collided to create a humanitarian emergency in Afghanistan, it said.

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