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Kabul

These were the scenes in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday evening, more than a month after the Taliban seized power.

In one part of town, people thronged the streets as dozens waited for free bread at the end of the day from a bakery.

Afghanistan, which relies heavily on foreign aid, faces near-total poverty resulting from political instability, frozen foreign reserves and a collapsed public finance system.

This month, UN donors pledged more than $1.2 billion in emergency assistance to help provide a lifeline to the country.