Global leaders are coming together to fill the reservoir of humanitarian funds for the people of Afghanistan. On Monday, the United Nations held a donor conference in Geneva, Switzerland, where donors reportedly pledged more than $1.2 billion.
UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres initially fought for just over $600 million to provide food services, shelter and health care to 11 million Afghans.
“The people of Afghanistan need a lifeline,” he stated. “After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they face perhaps their most perilous hour. Now is the time for the international community to stand with them and let us be clear, this conference is not simply about what we will give to the people of Afghanistan. It is about what we owe.”
Gutteres warned the situation in Afghanistan was dire amid the country’s political and economic collapse after the U.S. pulled out troops.