The United Nations is hosting a donor conference for Afghanistan in Geneva. The aim is to raise more than half a billion euros. The UN says that money is desperately needed to avert a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, following the Taliban takeover. Half of the population – around 18 million people – are dependent on foreign aid, and that number might grow.
To feed hungry mouths, people are reliant on handouts. While others continue to flee, many of the people left behind are facing a desperate situation. The UN says more than half a million have been internally displaced this year – forced from their homes as the Taliban swept across the country. Some were fleeing another menace: drought.
In the northwest province of Badghis, the animals are sick and the crops have dried out.
Across the country, the drought has exacerbated existing food shortages. Millions are now at risk of starvation, prompting the UN to issue a stark warning.
Aid organizations and governments are scrambling to fill the gap. Flights from Pakistan bring flour, cooking oil, and emergency medical supplies. But much more is needed to avert catastrophe for millions of vulnerable Afghans.
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