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UN Chief urges Release of Money to Save Afghan Lives

International bodies have withheld funds and disrupted aid since the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, with United States alone seizing nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank, and millions are left to suffer the costs.

The United Nations has urged the United States and the World Bank to unfreeze Afghan funds, locked since the Taliban’s return to power to prevent “the nightmare unfolding in Afghanistan” from getting worse.

The plea came from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday, two days after the UN said it needs $5 billion in aid for Afghanistan in 2022.

“We must… rapidly inject liquidity into the economy and avoid a meltdown that would lead to poverty, hunger and destitution for millions,” Guterres told reporters in New York.

He called on Washington to take the lead in helping the country avoid a collapse “because the major part of the world financial system works in dollars.”

“Freezing temperatures and frozen assets are a lethal combination for the people of Afghanistan,” Guterres said.

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