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Afghanistan: UN seeks millions in international aid

The United Nations is seeking to raise more than $600m (£434m) in aid for Afghanistan, warning the country is facing a major humanitarian crisis.

The organisation will hold a conference in Geneva on Monday where it will call for international support following the Taliban takeover last month.

"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.


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