The assessment added, 6.2 million pregnant women and children had been provided with the necessary assistance to prevent acute malnutrition and 5.7 million people had also been provided with safety assistance in the past one year.
The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that Afghanistan has been provided with 3.2 billion U.S. dollars in the past one year. In an assessment that has been launched about the economic situation of Afghanistan, OCHA said: “Imposed sanctions, frozen of the country’s foreign assets and stopping of foreign assistance, had negative impacts on the economic situation of the country.” According to the OCHA, without International aids the economic situation of Afghanistan will get worse and the organization calls on the aid agencies to continue their assistance to the Afghan people. Based on the assessment, over 22 million people had been provided with essential food assistance, 13.3 million people with healthcare assistance and 11 million people provided with safe drinking water. The assessment added, 6.2 million pregnant women and children had been provided with the necessary assistance to prevent acute malnutrition and 5.7 million people had also been provided with safety assistance in the past one year. According to some Afghan economists, using the old method with high administrative costs in the distribution of international humanitarian assistance has caused the aids not to be effective for Afghan people. “Administrative costs of the international aid agencies had been increased by 65% and this has caused the assistance not to be effective on the economic situation of the country,” Sayed Massoud an Afghan economist said. Meanwhile, a number of Kabul residents in an interview with The Kabul Times’s correspondent ask the international aid agencies to continue their assistance to Afghan people and transparently distribute among deserved beneficiaries. However, the aid had no considerable and positive impacts on the economic situation of Afghans, but the situation will be worsened by the stopping of international aid. A Kabul resident says urgent aid has been distributed to miserable and poor families in some provinces of the country and to prevent more poverty, the aid should be increased by the international aid agencies to Afghanistan. O n the other hand, Deputy Economy Minister Abdul Latif Nazari has informed of launching some major and development projects in the country, adding that with the implementation of the projects the country’s economic situation will soon get better. Also, over 4.6 billion U.S. dollars have been asked by the United Nations to provide more than 23 million people with humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. Shukria Kohistani