Donors Seek $1.1 Billion for Afghanistan Relief Efforts

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The situation in the country has gotten worse ever since the Taliban took over.  

This past weekend was the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in America, when four hijacked airplanes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. That event would lead to America’s longest war in Afghanistan, which ended on Aug. 30. 

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However, Afghanistan is bearing the brunt of the Taliban takeover as there is an increase in hunger and poverty. As a result, donors have requested at least $1.1 billion to help out the country, according to Reuters

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The United Nations is taking the next step by requesting $606 million to help out the Afghans as they are going through this crisis. 

“The people of Afghanistan are facing the collapse of an entire country all at once. Afghanistan faces a development emergency, and we must protect the progress of the two last decades,” said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a U.N. conference.  

He later added that, “many people could run out of food by the end of this month just as winter approaches” and then mentioned the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

China and Pakistan, who are neighboring countries to Afghanistan, have already offered support to the country and are looking for ways to engage the Taliban government. 

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According to Reuters, China promised to send over food and health supplies worth $31 million. Pakistan, who has a relationship with the Taliban, has already provided food and medicine. 

“Past mistakes must not be repeated. The Afghan people must not be abandoned,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Reuters. 

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