UN to Raise $600m for Afghanistan Amid Humanitarian Crisis Fears

The United Nations on Monday convened a high-level humanitarian aid conference in Geneva to raise $600m for Afghanistan amid humanitarian crisis fears following the Taliban takeover.

“We need the international community to stand together and support the Afghan people,” UN Chief Antonio Guterres said in his appeal for immediate funding.

Guterres said about one-third of the much-needed funds would go towards food aid.

“It’s now a race against time and the snow to deliver life-saving assistance to the Afghan people who need it most. We are quite literally begging and borrowing to avoid food stocks running out,” World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Regional Director Anthea Webb said.

On Thursday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reported that about 97 percent of Afghanistan’s population would fall below the poverty line if the country’s political and economic crises continue.

According to the World Bank, a nation is considered aid-dependent when at least 10% of its gross domestic product (GDP) comes from foreign aid. 

In the last 20 years, 40% of Afghanistan’s GDP came from international aid

The end to billions of dollars in foreign donations led by the United States immediately followed after the US withdrew its troops from Afghanistan.

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