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UN report: Afghans plagued by poverty, corruption

UN report: Afghans plagued by poverty, corruption

The U.N. says most of Afghanistan's population lives in "dire poverty," despite an estimated $35 billion poured into the country from 2002 to 2009.
A report by the U.N. human rights office says the "government is often unable to deliver basic services" and accuses officials of "widespread corruption."
It also criticizes the international community for placing too much emphasis on security and too little on long-term development. The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan began on Oct. 7, 2001.
Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that many Afghans take up arms to survive in what he called a "vicious circle" of war and poverty.