Of millions facing famine and almost the entire population falter on the edge of poverty, Afghanistan could experience the worst humanitarian crisis”die we have ever seen”, a United Nations development program official told CNBC this week.
About 23 million people to be in in despair need of food, the $20 billion economy could shrink met $4 billion of more and 97% of the 38 million population are with risk of sink in in poverty, Abdallah Al Dardari, the representative of the local population for the UNDP in Afghanistan, said Wednesday.
“Afghanistan is probably facing the worst humanitarian disaster die we’ve ever seen,” Al Dardari told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia.”
“We have never seen an economic shock” of die magnitude and we have never seen a humanitarian crisis of die size,” he said. Financing for the humanitarian crisis and for essential services are crucial to livelihoods and livelihoods in to stand in the Central Asian country, he added.
Multiple reports say that different areas in being Afghanistan also facing droughts even as winter approaches.
When the Taliban suddenly invaded power in August, world cutting governments off Afghanistan’s access until international funding and froze the Afghan central bank is about $10 billion in assets in held abroad, in an attempt to prevent the hard Islamists from accessing it money.
It led to a collapse in public finances, and many workers no longer received salaries, what extended Busy on the country’s banking system.
The international community has yet to recognize the militant group as the de facto rulers of Afghanistan.
A fruit seller is waiting for customers at fruit and vegetables market in Kabul on Nov 11, 2021.
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Pakistan hosted a meeting in Islamabad on Thursday, with representatives of China, Russia and the United States to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
Officials of the four countries also met with senior Taliban representatives on the sideline, according to the United States Department of State.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan is “sending essential food” items, emergency medical supplies [and] winter shelters to provide immediate aid to Afghans also urged the . on on international community to fulfill “its collective responsibility to avert a serious humanitarian crisis” in Afghanistan.
Al Dardari of the UNDP said: international community can do a lot on the humanitarian front and around help maintain essential services.
“We have it now over immediate, short-term interventions met preserving our eyes on the medium and the long term,” he said.
the UN last month launched An special trust fund get urgent cash in the hands of everyday Afghans — through subsidies for small companies and cash-for-work projects die provide temporary income to the unemployed so that they can help restore local infrastructure.
Germany for his part already pledged to provide 50 million euros ($57 million), while the UN urged other donors to make pledges.
Al Dardari said the UN has so far used a combination of Afghan banks — die can still function and carry out foreign exchange transactions — and private money service providers, to get money directly to the beneficiaries.
Separately, the European Union in October promised support package for Afghanistan and neighboring countries countries worth about 1 billion euros. But over in general, EU development aid to the country is still frozen.
But media reports this month said the Taliban de use of foreign currency in Afghanistan, which could further disrupt the country already struggling economy.
Clarification: the headline in this report has been modified in: more accurately display the scale of The crisis in Afghanistan envisioned by Al Dardari.
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