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$20 Billion Raised in One Day For Afghanistan

Global donors pledged $20 billion in aid to Afghanistan today. In Paris, 80 countries met to discuss the current crises facing the rebuilding nation. They demanded that Afghanistan do its part to end corruption and address rising levels of criminal violence and opium harvests. In addition to the fresh dose of $20 billion, Afghanistan has received $15 billion since 2001.

Hoping to stimulate otherwise stunted progress, the donors will attempt to coordinate their aid efforts, while putting pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to raise living standards and make Afghanistan's government self-sufficient. Many Afghanis live without proper sanitation and 80 percent have no electricity. The $1.6 billion spent on technical assistance has not been successful in helping Afghanistan stand on its own.

In Paris today, Afghanistan, whose domestic revenues are about $1 billion, reminded wealthy countries how much it needs them. Are you happy to see that the world hasn't forgotten about Afghanistan? Will money solve the country's problems?

We are the world... literally.

See that guy? He's good for at least $600 million.

We're rich!

French President Nicolas Sarkozy  chats with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Laura Bush announced the US pledge of $10.2 billion.


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bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Off the subject: I love First Lady's sunglasses.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Other poor nations get money all the time although not so much and not so all at once. The thing with Afghanistan is that in its current position it poses an international security risk which needs to be contained.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Thanks. I come up with good ones every once in awhile...
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
Good question UnDave35.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
If they can fund afghanistan, then why can't they fund any of the other poor nations?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Hey does Karzai's outfit zip all the way up?
janneth janneth 9 years
stephley, good one.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
:ROTFL: stephly, i wonder if this kumbaya moment has anything to do with the major pipeline that we now have running through there.
stephley stephley 9 years
Kharzai will love the nod his country gets in the song! "I have shot up the deadly Afghan heroin, Mr. Sarkozy, and you sir, are no Afghan heroin."
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
They're all actually facing Carla, waiting for her to sing.
janneth janneth 9 years
He wants Carla to sing her man-song to him. :KISS:
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Hahah stephley. You just made me laugh out loud. Love it.
stephley stephley 9 years
Sarkozy looks like he thinks it's his birthday and they're all about to sing to him.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Mis allocation of resources....:oy:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
What can you buy with platinum cine? Me a pinia colada!
janneth janneth 9 years
cine, can't you turn some of your points in, and make a donation to Afghanistan?
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Congrats cine! It looks good on ya!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I turned Platinum!!! :dance:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well if they already have 21 Billion I don't suppose my two cents would help.
janneth janneth 9 years
another rousing rendition of We Are the World.
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