USG and Taliban renew Afghanistan peace negotiations in Qatar
Relief actors provide winterization support for 2019–2020 winter wet season
Conflict displaces more than 402,000 people in Afghanistan during 2019
The U.S. Government (USG) resumed peace talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar’s capital city of Doha in early December, aiming to reduce violence and end the country’s decades-long war. The ongoing conflict continues to create a difficult operating environment for humanitarian actors due to access constraints and attacks on relief organizations. From late November to early December, targeted attacks in Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul and Nangarhar Province resulted in the deaths of seven aid workers, highlighting the ongoing security risks relief actors face.
Relief actors estimate that approximately 667,000 people will require assistance to survive harsh conditions during the 2019–2020 winter wet season in Afghanistan. Humanitarian agencies, including USG partners, are providing relief commodities and food, health, livelihoods, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance to vulnerable communities for the winterization response.