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UN Launches Humanitarian Drive For Afghanistan

The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise $393 million in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan to reach millions of vulnerable people this year.

The UN's humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, and the country's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, launched the appeal on January 27 in a live national TV broadcast.

According to Abdullah, the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan targets millions of people in need of food and other essentials, including shelter, health care, nutrition, safe water and other necessities.

Abdullah expressed hope that donor countries would match their commitments of previous years to assist and support the country's vulnerable people.

Afghanistan is one of the world's poorest countries, and regularly suffers natural disasters, such as earthquakes and storms that displace people from their homes and contribute to widespread hunger.

The country is also plagued by violence, with Taliban attacks frequent.

Based on reporting by AP