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Humanitarian Groups Appeal for $550M   01/21 09:55

   KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Humanitarian groups say they need $550 million in 
2017 to aid the most vulnerable in Afghanistan warning anything less could mean 
death to many.

   The appeal launched Saturday says the need in Afghanistan is increasing and 
it's estimated that the most vulnerable number about 5.7 million people.

   United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden attended the launch with 
Afghanistan's chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. Bowden says: "The current 
scale of need in Afghanistan calls upon the humanitarian community to deliver 
increased levels of assistance to ensure the lives of many Afghans are not 
endangered and so they can live in safety and dignity."

   The displaced and the tens of thousands of refugees returning from 
neighboring countries are in dire need, Abdullah said.


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