Afghanistan on the brink of 'universal poverty', millions affected: UN spokesman

10th Sep,2021

Afghanistan on the brink of 'universal poverty', millions affected: UN spokesman



Afghanistan's central bank's $ 9 billion reserves, most of which are in the United States, were frozen after the collapse of a previously Western-backed government. Without money, Afghanistan risks a "complete collapse of the economy and social order" and could push millions of Afghans into poverty and starvation. UN special envoy Deborah Leon on Thursday called on the world to come together to stop the collapse of the Afghan economy and allay fears that the Taliban's Islamic State could spread to its neighbours. He warned that the escalating humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan must now be resolved, but that the freezing of billions of dollars in Afghan assets was due to another "crisis". Lyons said the freeze could lead to "a severe economic recession that will leave many millions starving and starving" and could provoke refugee migration and push the country backwards for generations. "The economy must be allowed to breathe for a few more months, this time to allow the Taliban to show genuine readiness to do different things, especially from a human rights, gender and counter-terrorism perspective. 15 members of the United Nations Security Council." Lyons said ways must be found. Even though security measures were created to ensure that Taliban officials were misappropriating funds, there was also a need to allow the flow of money into Afghanistan "to completely prevent economic and social order." The U.S. Treasury Department has said it will not ease Taliban sanctions or ease restrictions on Islamic group access to the world economy. Ndi. On August 23, Afghanistan was also due to receive $ 450 million from the International Monetary Fund, but the IMF suspended the release due to "lack of clarity" about the new government. The Taliban have already clearly welcomed al Qaeda members and taken refuge, warning that Islamic State militants could gain more strength. She told the UN Security Council that the 33 members of the Taliban government, which is on the blacklist through UN sanctions, must decide how to engage with the prime minister, two deputy prime ministers and the foreign minister. Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, has told the council that humanitarian aid is important and that the frozen assets of Afghanistan should be released soon. "Afghanistan is on the brink of economic collapse," he said, adding that it would create a major humanitarian crisis and increase migration to the region and the world.