Since the takeover of the Islamic Emirate in August 2021, “humanitarian conditions have deteriorated with over 24.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan—an increase from 18.4 million in 2021,” said a report of the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in a report to the US congress said that 70 percent of the Afghans are unable to provide their basic needs.
This comes as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that 53 world countries including Afghanistan face acute hunger.
Many international organizations expressed concerns over the deteriorated economic condition in Afghanistan.
Osman, 7, is one of the victims of severe poverty in Afghanistan. Osman’s family said that he has had a stomach disease for more than one-year, but they are unable to feed him properly.
“The tube which is installed in his nose should be changed once each month. The doctors say fruit and good food should be included in the milk for him but we don’t have (money),” Osman’s mother said.
“The document reveals that around 193 million people in 53 countries or territories experienced acute food insecurity at crisis or worse levels (IPC/CH Phase 3-5) in 2021,” FAO said. “This represents an increase of nearly 40 million people compared with the already record numbers of 2020.
“The main reason of poverty is a lack of investment in infrastructure and lack of strategic programs in the last 20 years by the government and by the international community, as well as by insecurity,” said Basheer Shabiri, an economist.
“The recent tensions in Ukraine had a very small impact on the situation in Afghanistan and this shows the success of the Islamic Emirate,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy Minister of Economy.