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UN Allocates $600m in Aid for Afghanistan

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The United Nations (UN) declared intention to raise more than $600m (£434m) in aid for Afghanistan.

The international organisation will also call for international support for the country during a conference in Geneva this Monday.

“Afghans urgently need food, medicine, health services, safe water [and] sanitation” the UN said.

It added that the $600m target would bring “vital relief” to millions.

“The country faces an extremely dire situation and is confronted with protracted conflict, severe drought and the Covid-19 pandemic in a context where… almost half of the population were already in need of aid,” a UN statement said.

“Recent developments have increased their vulnerability,” it added. “The economy is grinding to a halt with cash in short supply. Concern for the rights of women and girls is rising.”

“Swift action and support from the international community is vital,” the UN said. It appealed to the Taliban to give aid workers unimpeded access.

“Total Breakdown” in Afghanistan?

The United Nations (UN) has earlier warned that Afghanistan is at risk of “total breakdown.”

The UN urged the international community to find a way to keep money flowing into Afghanistan to avoid the “total breakdown.”

UN also called for the release of the frozen assets to avoid economic and social collapse. This came after UNDP said Afghanistan faces staggering poverty.

UN special envoy on Afghanistan Deborah Lyons stressed the importance of finding a way to get the money into the country “to prevent a total breakdown of the economy and social order.”

Afghanistan was facing a storm of crises including a plunging currency, a sharp rise in prices for food and fuel and a lack of cash at private banks. The authorities also do not have the funds to pay salaries, she said.

 

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