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U.N. Afghan Donors’ Conference Falls Far Short of Goal as 9 Million Face Famine

HeadlineApr 01, 2022

A United Nations donors’ conference for Afghanistan raised barely half of its $4.4 billion goal on Thursday, as Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the nation’s already dire humanitarian situation is worsening.

Secretary-General António Guterres: “Some 95% of people do not have enough to eat, and 9 million people are at risk of famine. UNICEF estimates that a million severely malnourished children are on the verge of death, without immediate action. And global food prices are skyrocketing as a result of the war in Ukraine.”

It’s the second U.N. donors’ conference to come up short of its goal this month. Aid groups continue to demand the Biden administration and European leaders release frozen reserves from Afghanistan’s central bank, warning that without the funds, Afghanistan faces total collapse.

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