According to U.N. humanitarian coordinator Ramiz Alakbarov, the United Nations World Food Programme's supply of food to Afghanistan will likely run out by the end of September.
“Food stocks in Afghanistan could run out as soon as this month,” Alakbarov told reporters on Wednesday. “For us to keep the current demand, we need at least $200 million only for the food sector, to be able to provide food to the most vulnerable."
I guess that's what happens when the Taliban is allowed to take over, huh? One more thing that will be on President Joe Biden's hands.
The World Food Programme relies on donations from foreign governments to provide aid to starving populations, such as that of Afghanistan. Alakbarov said Wednesday the U.N. “is set to issue a flash appeal for Afghanistan in the coming days” in an effort to fundraise the $200 million sum needed to sustain the country’s food supply.
The U.N.’s food assistance agency has provided 600 metric tons of food to Afghanistan via delivery trucks in recent days. The World Food Programme directed the supply trucks to drive into Afghanistan via its land border with Pakistan, according to U.N. News.
Responding to Kabul’s seizure, the U.S. government blocked the Taliban’s access to “virtually all of the Afghanistan central bank’s $9 billion in reserves, most of which are held in the U.S.,” Deutsche Welle (DW) reported August 24. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also suspended Afghanistan’s access to its funds in the days immediately following August 15. Both actions caused Afghanistan to suffer from an acute shortage of U.S. dollars.
“With no new shipment of dollars arriving to shore it up, the local currency, afghani, has crashed to record lows, sending prices soaring. Prices of staples like flour, oil and rice have risen by as much as 10 percent-20 percent in a few days,” DW added.
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