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PublishDate: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 10:06

Donor countries pledge $1 billion to support emergency aid for Afghanistan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced that donors have pledged over $1 billion towards aid for Afghanistan – exceeding the hoped for amount of $606 million.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_’_announcement comes after Monday’s High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan.

“This conference has fully met my expectations in relation to the solidarity with the people in Afghanistan,” Guterres said late Monday.

Afghanistan stands on the brink of a growing humanitarian and .

Earlier Monday Guterres, who hosted the meeting, said “the people of Afghanistan need a lifeline” during “their most perilous hour.”

Guterres also maintained that the country’s new rulers had pledged their cooperation “to ensure assistance is delivered to the people of Afghanistan.”

One in two Afghans do not know where their next meal is coming from, the UN chief explained, adding that “many people could run out of food by the end of the month, just as winter approaches”.

Guterres did not specify how much of the $1 billion in pledged funding would be distributed towards the UN emergency budget for the coming months, or what would be potentially provided later.

However, a survey by the Programme (WFP) found 93% of Afghans surveyed lacked , many because they could not get access to cash to pay for items.

Even before the takeover by the , food circumstances in Afghanistan were dire.

Mary-Ellen , the WFP Country Director for Afghanistan said: “It’s critical for the humanitarian effort that in the greatest time of need, that the stands alongside the women and children and men of Afghanistan, whose lives have been upended through no fault of their own,” she said.


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