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UN warns of looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) presented the key findings of UNODC Fifth Global Report on Trafficking in Persons to stakeholders from the federal government, civil society organisations and international partners.

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 targets 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.”

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