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Diaspora protest raises awareness about Afghanistan

Bianca Rahimi
Press TV, London

Afghans representing the diaspora gathered in protest outside number 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Afghanistan is in a race against time, with international organization warning of mass starvation and poverty if the international community doesn’t step up.

The humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan is dire. The UN says “virtually every man, woman and child in Afghanistan could face acute poverty.” The World Food Program says 98 percent of Afghans aren’t getting enough to eat. Millions are already starving and millions more are on the brink.

Afghans’ living outside the country are trying to raise awareness but their cries are falling on deaf ears.

The Afghan diaspora, 80,000 strong here in the UK and millions strong around the world, feel abandoned. The West led by the US has left Afghanistan in tatters and at the mercy of the Taliban. And to add insult to injury billions of dollars of Afghan money has been frozen.

To be exact, much of the $9.4 billion in Afghan currency reserves is now functionally cut off from the country by many foreign banks.

The UN is launching its largest ever single country aid appeal for Afghanistan, describing its plight as one of the world’s most rapidly growing humanitarian crises. The amount they need? Around five billion-dollars, half the amount languishing in the country’s central bank, under US sanctions.
 


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