The US Department of the Treasury has offered guidance on sanctions exemptions issued in September and December for humanitarian work in Afghanistan, where the United Nations says more than half the country’s 39 million people suffer extreme hunger and the economy, education and social services are facing collapse. Under the guidelines, Al Jazeera reports, international banks can transfer money to the country for humanitarian purposes, and aid groups are allowed to pay teachers and healthcare workers at state-run institutions without fear of breaching sanctions on the Taliban. This as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week warned Afghanistan was “hanging by a thread”.