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UN calls for funds to support displaced Afghans through winter

UN calls for funds to support displaced Afghans through winter

Updated 3 January 2013, 21:48 AEDT

The new United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, has urged the international community to stump up money promised to the country's emergency response fund.

Last year, less than half the money used to pay for the UN's emergency humanitarian work in Afghanistan came in - and at one point the fund was in danger of running dry.

Mr Bowden arrived in Afghanistan from a long stint in Somalia, and says he has begun informal talks with international donors. He says the worst of the Afghan winter is now just a couple of weeks away, and that more than a quarter of a million people living in makeshift settlements on the outskirts of cities like Kabul will face freezing conditions.

Presenter: Corinne Podger

Speaker: Mark Bowden, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to Afghanistan, and Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator

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