UN refugee chief: Afghanistan needs urgent international aid

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The UN refugee chief says Afghanistan needs urgent and sustained support from the international community to prevent a larger humanitarian crisis. Filippo Grandi said there will be implications if the situation in the country does not improve. In a statement following a three-day visit to Afghanistan, Grandi said if public services and the economy collapse, there will be even greater suffering, instability, and displacement both within and outside the country. He reiterated that more than 18 million Afghans, or about half the population, required humanitarian aid even before the Taliban takeover, last month. Earlier this week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told an Afghanistan donors conference that poverty and hunger had spiraled in the country.

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