U.N. calls on Taliban, criminals to stop attacks on food convoys

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place for aid workers. The United Nations says 34 aid workers, most of them Afghan nationals, have been killed this year and nearly 80 have been kidnapped.

Attacks on aid convoys have spiked and a U.N. official says they've lost 100,000 tons of food as a result. The U.N. says 78 districts in Afghanistan are rated as "extremely risky" for U.N. workers to operate.

U.N. officials are calling on Taliban fighters and criminal gangs to stop attacking humanitarian convoys so food can reach millions of needy Afghans before harsh winter weather sets in.

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