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Afghanistan receives US$1.5 billion humanitarian aid in past 18 months

The Islamic Emirate has always called on the international community to continue their humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate (IEA) leadership has stressed that humanitarian aid should not be used as a mean of political pressure.

The Chargé d’Affaires of the US Mission to Afghanistan, Karen Decker, has said that in the past eighteen months the US has contributed nearly $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan Speaking at a virtual meeting, Decker noted that this aid has been spent on education, nutrition, health, and in the areas of internally displaced persons and the reintegration of immigrants.  “One of the most important,  and I think really important thing,  that I took away from the conversations we had in Dubai was the need for a really robust, ongoing set of discussions with the Afghan private sector,” Decker said. According to Decker, Washington will continue its aid to Afghanistan to prevent a humanitarian crisis. This comes at a time when  majority of the people are still in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.  Increasing poverty and unemployment are still a big concern in the country. meanwhile, a number of Afghan experts believe that humanitarian aid to Afghanistan cannot be effective as aids to Afghanistan in the past 18 months have not alleviated poverty in the country. “Most people are living in poverty in Afghanistan, and I don’t think humanitarian aid can be effective in alleviating poverty. If that were the case, the past 20 years would have been enough to solve the people’s problems,” said Moral Ahmadi, an Afghan political expert.  He further said that the humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in the past 18 months has not brought any changes in people’s lives, adding that the international community and Afghans themselves should work together to address current humanitarian crisis in the country.

Amanullah, another Afghan expert, believes that the situation would be even worse if the country did not receive humanitarian aid in the past 18 months. “Humanitarian aid to Afghanistan is effective even if it is a small amount as it puts positive impact on the country’s economy,” Amanullah stressed. The Islamic Emirate has always called on the international community to continue their humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate (IEA) leadership has stressed that humanitarian aid should not be used as a mean of political pressure. “Political issues are distinct from these issues, and if there are any, the Islamic Emirate engage in active diplomacy and will resolve them through understanding,” said Bilal Karimi, the Islamic Emirate’s deputy spokesperson.  It is worth mentioning that since August 2021, majority of the US aid as part of humanitarian aid has been sent to Afghanistan in US$40 million package deposited in one of the country’s commercial banks. Most of the aid has been spent through the United Nations projects since.  Shukria Kohistani

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