Afghanistan aid conference: UN urges actions amid soaring hunger crisis, violence

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    Dozens of nations began pledging billions of dollars in aid for #Afghanistan at a conference in Geneva on Tuesday, hoping that peace negotiations recently begun between the government and the #Taliban will end nearly two decades of #war. Diplomats reckoned Afghanistan could receive 15-20% less funding than the roughly $15.2 billion pledged at the last conference in Brussels in 2016 due to uncertainties over the peace process and difficulties getting commitments during the coronavirus pandemic. FRANCE 24’s John Zarocostas tells us more.

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