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UNDP warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan amid sanctions & decrease in global support

Rahmatullah Baghban
Press TV, Kabul

The United Nations is sounding the alarm over the worsening humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, the UN Development Program released a report on the country’s economic situation since the Taliban came into power last year.

According to the report, Afghanistan has suffered a “catastrophic collapse” in its economy, losing nearly five billion dollars. The UNDP has called for efforts to support jobs and livelihoods of the Afghan people, adding that humanitarian aid alone cannot address the crisis.

The report concluded, however, that there is little prospect for any improvement without releasing the frozen assets held by the US, and also allowing access to international financial systems.

Meanwhile, the Afghan nation complains about the harsh conditions they are facing. People claim they are falling victim to the disputes between the Taliban and the US, demanding the global community stop punishing the nation.

For the past years, Afghanistan’s economy has been highly dependent on foreign aid. After the Taliban took power in August 2021, however, the US and its allies froze some nine billion dollars in Afghanistan Central Bank assets while also halting major funding to the war-ravaged country.

Afghanistan is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. The country is in need of its frozen assets along with global solidarity in order to avoid a looming catastrophe.

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