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Afghan lives depend on international engagement with the Taliban

Deep humanitarian crisis affecting everybody demands urgent attention

| Afghanistan
An armed member of Taliban forces stands outside an emergency hospital in Kabul on Oct. 3: health services are close to collapse.    © Reuters

Alexander Matheou is Asia Pacific director at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Like other humanitarian leaders who have visited Afghanistan in recent weeks, I left the country talking of crisis.

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