Kabul: A former member of the Afghan Central Bank’s supreme council, Shah Mehrabi, said that since mid-December 2022, United Nations flights have stopped transferring cash aid to Afghanistan as part of humanitarian assistance.
“The suspension of humanitarian aid coupled with a halt of bank transfer in freezing of $7 billion of Afghanistan reserves will cause an increase in prices and pause in payment of education sector and health worker,” Mehrabi added.
“As a result of higher prices, many women, orphans, and other ordinary Afghans will not be able to afford bread, flour and cooking oil and pay for other basic needs,” Mehrabi said that the suspension of cash aid would affect the stability of the Afghan currency.
In a statement, the Da Afghanistan Bank denied the suspension of humanitarian aid packages to Afghanistan without giving any details.
Mehrabi referred to the UN figures, saying that more than 70 percent of the Afghan population needs humanitarian assistance and many are close to starvation.
“It is important to point out that it poses a question about the purpose of suspending humanitarian aid, and who will benefit and suffer from it. I urge the continuation of humanitarian aid,” Mehrabi said.
This comes as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a report that more than $3 billion is needed for Afghanistan’s humanitarian response.