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Afghan girl from iconic National Geographic cover evacuated to Italythehill25 November 2021 (LINK)

Afghan banking system on brink of collapse, UN warnsdw22 November 2021 (LINK)

UN envoy: Afghanistan on brink of `humanitarian catastrophe'apnews18 November 2021 (LINK)

Taliban bans foreign currencies in Afghanistanbbc3 November 2021 (LINK)

Watchdog: State Dept. and Pentagon withholding critical information about Afghanistan over 20 yearsaxios30 October 2021 (LINK)

Afghanistan's economy is imploding, with all but three per cent of households expected to fall below the poverty line in coming months, the UN said. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced the launch of a "people's economy" fund, to provide desperately needed access to cashun21 October 2021 (LINK)

The fund will tap into donations frozen since the Taliban takeover in August. Germany has already pledged $58 million of the more than $660 million required over the next 12 months, UNDP chief, Achim Steiner, told journalists in Geneva. Cash in local currency will be provided directly to community groups and to Afghan workers in public works programmes, such as drought and flood control. Grants will also be given to micro-enterprises and a temporary basic income would be paid to the vulnerable elderly and disabled.

U.S. offers condolence payments to families of civilians killed in Kabul air strikeaxios16 October 2021 (LINK)

Afghanistan: Suicide attack hits Kandahar mosque during prayersbbc15 October 2021 (LINK)

EU announces €1 billion in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan euronews12 October 2021 (LINK)

The new package builds upon €300 million which had been already agreed to support the country's civilian population, protect human rights and advance the coronavirus vaccination campaign. The European Commission will now add an extra €250 million for similar purposes. These €550 million in aid will be channelled through international organisations working inside Afghanistan. The remaining €450 million has not yet been earmarked for concrete objectives.

UN rights body establishes investigator for Afghanistanreuters7 October 2021 (LINK)

Cash airlifts planned to bypass Taliban and help Afghansreuters7 October 2021 (LINK)

September 2021 Afghan postings

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