UN seeks record $4.4 billion in aid for Afghanistan’s future

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By Emma Farge GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. agencies on Tuesday asked donors for $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan in 2022, calling the funds an “essential stop gap” to ensure the country’s future after a period of turmoil marked by the Taliban’s seizure of power and a hasty U.S. exit. The United Nations says the appeal, which amounts to nearly a quarter of the country’s GDP, is the largest ever sought for a single country and is triple the figure it received in 2021 when the U.S.-backed government collapsed. “This is a stop gap, an absolutely essential stop gap measure that we are pu…

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