UN warns of a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

World Today

The United Nations on Friday warned the world that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

The Taliban now controls a number of the country’s provincial capitals. Britain and Canada have joined the U.S in sending troops to help with the evacuation of diplomatic staff.

The prospect of western embassies falling is hugely symbolic after 20 years and tens of thousands of lives spent trying to defeat the Taliban and stabilize Afghanistan.