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World should not forget Afghanistan, ICRC

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KABUL: The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) in its recent statement has said that the world should not forget Afghanistan as the country’s half of population is facing with increasing human crisis, calling on the world for urgent assistance to Afghanistan.
According to the ICRC, in August 2021, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) took control of the country, following which a number of international donors immediately suspended most of the non-humanitarian funding that constituted over 70% of the government expenditures.
Additionally, about $9 billion assets in the Afghan Central Bank were frozen, resulting in an acute financial crisis for the banking sector in the country and for families across Afghanistan.
Compounding the impact of this dire situation, the country has been hit by one of the worst droughts in recent years, significantly reducing food crops and water supplies in many parts.
Reports show that the drought has severely affected wheat yield, cutting it by a quarter in some provinces. Consequently, the price of staple food has shot up, even more, making even basic groceries inaccessible to most people.
In the statement, the ICRC has stated that men, women and children are working on the streets to make a living, adding that the country has been experiencing the worst human crisis for the past several months.
Based on World Food Program (WFP) statistics, more than $1.4 worth of urgent aid is needed to support the 23 million needy people of Afghanistan.
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