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UN Appeals for $405M in Afghan Aid     11/26 06:24

   KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations has appealed for $405 million 
to cover the humanitarian needs of the people in Afghanistan in 2015.

   U.N. humanitarian coordinator Mark Bowden launched the appeal on Wednesday.

   He says that almost 8,000 civilians have been killed or injured in the war 
with Taliban-led insurgents this year, and more than 100,000 have been forced 
from their homes.

   As the conflict expands in the coming year, more help will be needed, he 

   Around 1.2 million children in Afghanistan are acutely malnourished, half a 
million of them younger than five years old. Half a million children die each 
year of preventable disease, and already 4,000 families are facing the onset of 
winter without adequate housing.

   Last year, the U.N. appealed for $406 million in Afghanistan, but received 
$237 million.


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