An average Afghan family can only afford 82% of basic food commodities, not leaving money for other essential needs, said Martin Schuepp, director of operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Schuepp expressed concerns over the economic and humanitarian situation of Afghans in an interview with AP.
“We see more and more Afghans who are really having to sell their belongings in order to make ends meet, and where they have to buy materials for heating and at the same time have to face increasing costs for food and other essential items,” he said. “Sanctions are a challenge in getting aid and the necessary supplies to the country in a timely fashion, and it is key that all sanctions have humanitarian exemptions so organizations like the ICRC could continue their work.”
Economists believe that the Afghan economic challenge could be solved in the area of banking, and investment in mines.
“The economic stability could be ensured via banks and mines,” said Sayed Masoud, an economist.
“The suspension of banking relations with the international banks has posed problems in the transaction of money for various aims such as trading. Also, the transaction of money by humanitarian organizations has been facing challenges,” said Mir Shikib Mir, an economist.
Shopkeepers said that their business has dropped as the number of customers has dropped due to economic challenges.
“The unemployment has risen and the customers have dropped. When there is no money, of course the customers drop,” said Abdul Alim, a shopkeeper.
“Poverty and unemployment have increased in society. The people don’t purchase anything else but essential materials,” said Almas, a shopkeeper.
Earlier, UNICEF expressed concerns over the economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
UNICEF said in a report that 24.4 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian assistance.