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UN says Afghanistan needs $800 mln to deal with ‘catastrophic’ situation

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UN officials appealed for $800 million to fill a chronic funding gap for Afghanistan on Friday, with a senior aid official describing the situation as “catastrophic” with at least one third of people expected to be facing hunger.

“Humanitarian needs are catastrophic, are at large-scale and are increasing,” Wafaa Saeed Abdelatef of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said at a virtual briefing.

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“These humanitarian needs are coming from decades of conflict, compounded by drought and COVID-19.”

The UN has appealed for $1.3 billion to reach 16 million people in Afghanistan this year, but a $800 million gap remains.

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