Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August 2021, many countries have reduced or stopped extensive funding for the country. But several countries are continuing with humanitarian aid.
The deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has left more than 20 million people in need, according to the UN. External aid accounted for just over 80 percent of Afghanistan's budget before the government was overthrown last year. But when the Taliban seized power, more than $ XNUMX billion in financial assets were frozen by foreign institutions and governments.
Trots With the tightening of financial resources, humanitarian aid has continued to flow in and some governments have stated that this aid would be exempt from sanctions.
The United States has contributed the most, followed by the EU, where Germany, among others, has provided large parts of humanitarian aid. In October 2021, the EU guaranteed another billion dollars in humanitarian aid to the country. Afghanistan's neighbors India, China and Pakistan have sent medicines, food and other supplies through various aid agencies.
Nine million people in Afghanistan, including one million children, now live on the brink of starvation in the country.
"Humanitarian aid will not have an effect unless the economy works," David Miliband, chairman of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), told BBC.