To avoid a humanitarian catastrophe… Amnesty International calls for lifting financial restrictions on Afghanistan and not politicizing aid

Amnesty International has called on the international community to “urgently” relax the current financial constraints on Afghanistan, which prevent the provision of health care, food and other basic services.

It also urged him to expedite the delivery of humanitarian aid to this country “to avoid an escalating crisis that threatens the lives of tens of millions of people.”

The organization urged not to “politicize humanitarian aid” provided to Afghanistan, stressing that “donor countries must urgently develop a comprehensive plan of action to spread financial and humanitarian support, in consultation with NGOs and other humanitarian agencies working on the ground.”

The organization said that the suspension of foreign aid, the freezing of Afghan government assets and international sanctions on the Taliban have all plunged the country – which is already suffering from high levels of poverty – into a complete economic crisis.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 22.8 million people (of the country’s roughly 39-40 million people) face acute food insecurity and hunger.

The World Food Program estimates that at least one million children are already suffering from “severe malnutrition”.

According to the United Nations, more than $200 million in humanitarian aid is needed per month, to avert disaster.

“Current levels of humanitarian aid are insufficient to deal with the crisis, with millions of Afghans plunging into poverty and at risk of starvation,” said Yamini Mishra, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for South Asia.

“We have seen countries that have made pledges and promises of assistance to Afghanistan in recent months, but this support has not yet reached those who need it most,” he added.

Foreign donors had moved with the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on August 15 to stop and withhold all forms of funding for the country.

According to the World Bank, before the Taliban seized power, aid made up 43% of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product and about 75% of its public spending.

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