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Donors pledge of $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan

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The United Nations has pledged more than 1 billion in aid to Afghanistan. The pledge came after the United Nations warned of a catastrophic humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power.

This has been said in the report of the British media BBC.

A cooperation conference for Afghanistan was held in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday at the invitation of the United Nations. 606 million was demanded there. The pledge of financial assistance has exceeded one thousand million dollars. The conference was attended by top officials from the world's most powerful countries, including senior officials from the United Nations and the Red Cross.

At the conference, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Afghanistan was at a critical juncture after two decades of war. Poverty rates are rising, and the public service system is on the verge of collapse.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that many people in Afghanistan will go hungry by the end of this month.

Until the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on August 15, half of Afghanistan's population, or 1 crore 80 lakh people, depended on cooperation. Other aid agencies, including the United Nations, have warned that the number of dependent people could rise further due to the drought, food and cash crunch, and political instability.

The fall of the Western-backed government and the victory of the Taliban have cut off hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign aid to Afghanistan. The country is also under pressure to carry out UN activities. The UN Secretary-General said last Friday that the UN was unable to pay its staff at the moment.

About one-third of the 606 million called for is to be spent on food supplies through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

In August and September, the WFP conducted a survey of Afghanistan, which found that 93 percent of the country's population did not receive adequate food.

The World Health Organization (WHO), another UN agency, will also use the money to run its health operations in Afghanistan.

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