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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday of a looming "humanitarian catastrophe" in Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal and urged the international community to provide aid to support its populace.
Guterres said Afghans live under "the threat of basic services collapsing completely" amid the Taliban’s takeover of the country. He added that "almost half" of Afghanistan’s population is reliant on humanitarian aid to survive.
"I urge all Member States to dig deep for the people of Afghanistan in their darkest hour of need," Guterres said in a statement. "I urge them to provide timely, flexible and comprehensive funding. I urge them to help ensure humanitarian workers have the funding, access, and legal safeguards they need to stay and deliver."
The UN’s warning followed the departure of the last U.S. troops from Afghanistan on Monday. Secretary of State Tony Blinken pointed to the severe conditions being experienced by the Afghan people in a speech earlier this week, noting that "millions" have been internally displaced or face "hunger, even starvation."
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