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Afghanistan: UN seeks millions in international aid
It is seeking more than $600m (£434m) in aid following the Taliban takeover last month.
The United Nations is seeking to raise more than $600m (£434m) in aid for Afghanistan, warning the country is facing a major humanitarian crisis.
The organisation will hold a conference in Geneva on Monday where it will call for international support following the Taliban takeover last month.
"Afghans urgently need food, medicine, health services, safe water [and] sanitation" the UN said.
It added that the $600m target would bring "vital relief" to millions.
"The country faces an extremely dire situation and is confronted with protracted conflict, severe drought and the Covid-19 pandemic in a context where... almost half of the population were already in need of aid," a UN statement said.
"Recent developments have increased their vulnerability," it added. "The economy is grinding to a halt with cash in short supply. Concern for the rights of women and girls is rising."
"Swift action and support from the international community is vital," the UN said. It appealed to the Taliban to give aid workers unimpeded access.
Even before the Islamist militants retook control of Afghanistan in August, more than 550,000 people had been forced to flee their homes this year due to fighting.
That means an estimated 3.5 million people are currently internally displaced within the country. Afghans have also had to deal with a severe drought as well as food shortages.