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Christian charity urges UK Gov to do more to help Afghanistan

by Sophie Drew

A Christian charity is urging the UK Government to do more to help protect people in Afghanistan.

The United Nations will meet online today to discuss donor pledges to Afghanistan; Christian Aid is encouraging leaders to give generously to those facing hardship.

The country is experiencing spiraling food prices. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Food Price Index reached a new historical record: 21% above its level a year earlier.

The summit, hosted by the UK, Germany and Qatar, aims to raise $4.4 billion.

"We want the summit to achieve three objectives. 

"Firstly, to provide a platform for Afghan civil society, especially for women's voices to be heard so that they can have full access to education and take their rightful place in society. 

"Next, to stabilise the economy by ensuring the Afghan central bank is supported so that it can function competently and independently. 

"Finally, to make sure multi-year flexible funding - including both humanitarian and development aid - is channelled through local Afghan organisations. 

"The UK has a moral imperative to act given its history in the country. Afghanistan, like other struggling countries, mustn't become a forgotten crisis because of what's happening in Ukraine."

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