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UN Chief: Afghanistan ‘Hanging by a Thread’

The U.N. chief also appealed to the international community to suspend restrictions that are hurting Afghanistan’s economy.
UN Chief: Afghanistan 'Hanging by a Thread'
AP – Hundreds of Afghan men gather to apply for humanitarian aid in Qala-e-Naw, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2021.

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The U.N. secretary-general warned on Wednesday that Afghanistan is “hanging by a thread,” as the organization appealed for a total of $8 billion to scale up humanitarian assistance to more than 22 million Afghans this year.

“When it comes to complex humanitarian emergencies, Afghanistan is as bad as it gets,” Antonio Guterres told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

Afghanistan’s economy has been in a free fall for months, there is a severe drought, and a brutal winter has descended on the country, exacerbating daily suffering.

The Taliban, which seized power nearly six months ago, are cut off from billions of dollars of the former government’s assets that are frozen abroad as the international community waits to see how they will behave.

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