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Afghan Media Reports 97% of Country Is Suffering from Food Crisis

Afghanistan suffering massive food shortages

 on 8th May 2022 @ 2.00pm
reports out of afghanistan since august suggest that taliban jihadists have misappropriated that funding © press
Reports out of Afghanistan since August suggest that Taliban jihadists have misappropriated that funding

An estimated 97 percent of citizens in Afghanistan are suffering he effects of food shortages, according to reports from Afghan news outlets Khaama Press and Ariana News.

Earlier this year, the Taliban returned to power shortly after President Joe Biden broke a deal with the terrorist group to leave the country by May of that year.

The Taliban’s return prompted organizations like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to freeze Afghan government funds to prevent them from falling into the jihadists’ hands.

United Nations agencies like the World Food Programme (WFP) took care not to publicly embrace the Taliban but insisted on continuing to hand aid over to the country.

Reports out of Afghanistan since August suggest that Taliban jihadists have misappropriated that funding and used it as leverage for forced labor.

ariana news cited humanitarian workers in the region as lamenting that the arrival of the taliban caused the significant displacement of civilians © press
Ariana News cited humanitarian workers in the region as lamenting that the arrival of the Taliban caused the significant displacement of civilians

As Breitbart reported:

Taliban leaders have spent the entirety of their time in power demanding that the rest of the world fund their success, either through business investment or humanitarian aid. They have promised to respect human rights but only within their fundamentalist interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law, and have failed to meet basic demands from the international community, such as letting girls attend school.

“After the prior government collapsed and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) took control in August, millions of Afghans are now facing severe food shortages. According to the United Nations, food shortages affect 97 percent of Afghans,” Khaama Press reported on Thursday.

“Over than 22 million people, or more than half of the country’s population, are suffering from severe hunger, according to the United Nations World Food Program, with the majority unable to anticipate when their next meal will arrive,” Khaama continued.

“This represents a considerable increase from September 2020, when over 14 million people were on the brink of starvation.

"According to the organisation, 97 percent of the population consumed insufficient food in December, and they were resorting to dealing with the situation such as skipping meals.”

Ariana News cited humanitarian workers in the region as lamenting that the arrival of the Taliban caused the significant displacement of civilians — people fleeing the Taliban fearing the jihadists would kill them — that worsened what was already a humanitarian crisis.

“When it comes to food shortages, it is so much worse than we can see,” Noorain Noorani, the executive director of The Zahra Foundation, was quoted as saying in the outlet.

reports out of afghanistan since august suggest that taliban jihadists have misappropriated that funding and used it as leverage for forced labor © press
Reports out of Afghanistan since August suggest that Taliban jihadists have misappropriated that funding and used it as leverage for forced labor

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) office recently released a report similarly warning of the dire circumstances Afghan civilians are currently living through.

As the Afghan media outlet Tolo News observed on Friday, the report found that “70 percent of the Afghans are unable to provide their basic needs.”

In September, shortly after the Taliban’s return to Kabul, the United Nations Development Program predicted that “as much as 97 percent of the population is at risk of sinking below the poverty line unless a response to the country’s political and economic crises is urgently launched.”

“Half of the population is already in need of humanitarian support. This analysis suggests that we are on course for rapid, catastrophic deterioration in the lives of Afghanistan’s most vulnerable people,” Kanni Wignaraja, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, said at the time, discussing the U.N. report that made the finding.

“Over the coming six months, humanitarian organizations project increases in severe food insecurity, drought, waterborne disease outbreaks, and a marked deterioration of conditions in urban areas,” SIGAR predicted in the report, published on April 30.

“The onset of spring traditionally brings relief from food shortages; however, with Afghanistan in the grips of the worst drought in three decades, below-average winter precipitation means the spring harvest is unlikely to improve food security for vulnerable families.”

The issue has not been one of lack of humanitarian aid.

As the SIGAR report documents, the United States remains the largest humanitarian aid donor to Afghanistan in the world.

“On March 31, 2022, the United States pledged more than $204 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan. This is in addition to $308 million announced on January 11,” SIGAR noted.

The WFP released $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan in March. The Security Council has also voted to expand support to Afghanistan, even as the U.N. refuses to acknowledge the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan, and the international coalition voted in March to work with “all relevant Afghan political actors” - a group consisting almost entirely of members of the Taliban — to aid the country’s reconstruction and bid for peace.

Taliban “Supreme Leader” Hibatullah Akhundzada appeared to declare victory in Afghanistan’s war on poverty and instability in remarks this weekend acknowledging Eid, published on the same day that he made a rare in-person appearance at a mosque in Kandahar, a traditional Taliban stronghold.

“I am immensely grateful to Almighty Allah that we are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr this year at a time while our country is completely free of foreign invasion,” the statement read.

“The long-lasting and devastating war has finally ended and now under the shade of Islamic rule, the ground has been prepared for a peaceful and prosperous life in Afghanistan.”

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