Afghans face ‘their most perilous hour’, warns U.N. boss

Aid conference for Afghanistan at United Nations in Geneva
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrives to attend an aid conference for Afghanistan at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

September 13, 2021

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for donors to pledge hundreds of millions of dollars for Afghanistan, saying that poverty was spiralling and many people could run out of food by the end of the month.

“After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they face perhaps their most perilous hour,” he said in opening remarks at a Geneva conference where $606 million is being sought.

“The people of Afghanistan are facing the collapse of an entire country — all at once.”

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)