362,000 people need relief in Afghanistan, following a deadly earthquake on June 22. This number comes from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs.
The Taliban met with the U.S., seeking to unlock Afghan banking reserves of 3.5 billion dollars. The U.S., in turn, wants assurances that the money will actually be used for the relief efforts.
Taliban and the U.S. previously held talks in March. But the U.S. canceled them after the Taliban closed girls’ secondary schools.
Nehemiah with FMI has spoken with partners affected by the earthquake. “More than 35 entire villages have been destroyed. Families affected by disaster now say they are struggling to see a future in the already impoverished area that has long been cut off from the rest of the country. They have no electricity and only very poor phone signals.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
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