Norway contributes 3.5 mln USD to humanitarian fund in Afghanistan for 2021: UN agency

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KABUL, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Norway has contributed 18 million Norwegian kroner (about 2.1 million U.S. dollars) to Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund, amid continuous rise of poverty and unemployment in the country, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan wrote on social media that with the additional contribution, "Norway has contributed a total of NOK 30 million (3.5 million U.S. dollars) to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) for 2021."

The aid will support life-saving responses to assist the most vulnerable people in the land-locked country, the agency said while appreciating the people and government of Norway for the fresh donation.

The Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) is one of OCHA's country-based pooled funds (CBPFs). It was established in 2014 for swift and strategic humanitarian action in Afghanistan, according to the OCHA.

Since the Taliban's takeover in mid-August, Afghanistan's economic situation has worsened with higher unemployment rate and rising poverty.

The UN agencies, aid organizations and a number of non-governmental organizations are racing against the time to deliver life-saving aid and supplies to crisis-hit Afghans ahead of winter. Enditem

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