United Nations launches "flash appeal" to donors, seeking money to aid 11 million Afghans

As western governments and the United Nations’ human rights chief said Monday they were concerned about the Taliban’s moves to limit women’s rights and attack journalists, The UN warned at a donors conference that Afghanistan needs hundreds of millions of dollars to avoid widespread hunger in the face of a severe drought.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched “flash appeal” for than $600 million for the rest of this year, as the organization acknowledged “recent developments” have increased the vulnerability of Afghans who have already been facing decades of deprivation and violence. A severe drought is jeopardizing the upcoming harvest, and hunger has been rising.

Coinciding with the conference in Geneva, the head of the U.N. refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, made a previously unannounced visit to Kabul. He wrote on Twitter that he would assess humanitarian needs and the situation of 3.5 million displaced Afghans — including over 500,000 who have been displaced this year alone.


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