United Nations gives $11 million for Afghanistan droughts

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has allocated $11 million from the rapid response component of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for emergency relief for drought-stricken Afghanistan. “Drought devastates communities in many ways and leads to spiraling impoverishment” said Margareta Ahlstrom, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency …

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Ban Ki-moon condemns killing of two Korean hostages in Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against the recent killing of two South Korean nationals abducted in Afghanistan nearly two weeks ago, calling for the safe return of the remaining detainees, including several women. “The Secretary-General deplores the killing of two of the hostages from the Republic of Korea held by the Taliban,” his spokesperson …

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