23 Million Afghans on Brink of Starvation after Biden Pullout – Media Silence
'The Biden administration can, and must, act now'
The humanitarian disaster and famine in Afghanistan are now threatening millions in the war-torn nation almost sixth months after Joe Biden's disastrous military pullout from the country.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus tweeted:
“Aid groups have predicted that if current U.S. economic policy toward Afghanistan continues, there could be more civilian deaths this year than there were in 20 years of war.”
“The Biden administration can, and must, act now.”
Aid groups have predicted that if current U.S. economic policy toward Afghanistan continues, there could be more civilian deaths this year than there were in 20 years of war.— Progressive Caucus (@USProgressives) January 9, 2022
The Biden administration can, and must, act now. https://t.co/bLRYv4lSy5
The Taliban took complete control of the country last year following the U.S. military’s withdrawal, leaving a power vacuum for the terrorist group to fill.
The U.S imposed new sanctions on the Taliban government, with the World Bank and IMF following by freezing assets.
Last year, Biden’s troop pullout was all over the mainstream headlines, but today, there is barely a whisper.
Despite “unprecedented levels of hunger and starvation,” as foreign policy analyst Jim Lobe put it, the news cycle has moved on.
Aid groups had warned about the humanitarian impacts of Western nations cutting aid following such a catastrophic withdrawal.
The World Food Program’s country director in Afghanistan, Mary-Ellen McGroarty, said last year:
“Afghanistan is facing an avalanche of hunger and destitution, the likes of which I have never seen in my 20 plus years with the World Food Program,” she said.
In 2022, the situation remains dire as the country is “most at risk of the worsening humanitarian crisis in 2022.”
The result of freezing of billions of assets has seen “most health clinics have closed, and the economy has spiraled downward (risking near-universal poverty).”
“The international community has turned its back on us,” one Afghan identified as Awesta, who works with IRC, said.
“The healthcare system is on the brink of collapse,” the person said, and “most Afghans can’t afford to feed themselves or their families, and, with millions marching towards famine, I am desperately concerned for the people of my country.”
Last year, a leaked internal State Department cable revealed Biden was given prior warning that his pull-out could collapse the country.
As Neon Nettle reported at the time, the confidential memo was sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken before the Biden admin pulled U.S. forces from Afghanistan after a 20-year occupation.
Blinken was alerted by roughly two dozen officials stationed at the U.S. embassy in Kabul who sent the memo through the department’s confidential dissent channel.
Now almost six months on, humanitarian groups estimate “throughout early 2022, 55% of Afghans will face acute food insecurity, including nearly 9 million people at emergency levels—one step before famine conditions.”
“Food insecurity is likely to deepen in 2022 as the country is facing shortages of food, rapidly rising food prices, and an ongoing drought,” the group said.
In November, the Taliban’s designated “prime minister,” Mohammad Hassan Akhund, claimed such famine is “a great test from Allah.”
As Neon Nettle reported, Akhund claimed the Taliban is not responsible for the widespread poverty in Afghanistan, even though they have fought a two-decade-long war in an effort to return to power.
In October, Neon Nettle reported that an Afghan woman and her husband sold their two young daughters, who were just 18 months old, into “marriage” because they desperately needed money to buy food.