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Donors commit $1billion in support for Afghanistan as UN warns of crisis

UN chief Antonio Guterres says money is needed for critical food and livelihood assistance amid dwindling supplies in Afghanistan.

Donors have committed more than $1billion to help Afghanistan, where poverty and hunger have spiraled since the Taliban took power and foreign aid has dried up, raising the specter of a mass exodus.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking during a donor conference in Geneva on Monday, said it was impossible to say how much of the money had been promised in response to an emergency UN appeal for $606m to meet the most pressing needs of the country.

After decades of war, suffering, and insecurity, Afghans are facing “perhaps their most perilous hour”, Guterres said in his opening remarks to the conference, adding that “the people of Afghanistan need a lifeline”.
“We need to ensure that our humanitarian response saves lives but also saves livelihoods,” Guterres said.

reported by BN



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