Kabul: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on January 9 released an info sheet providing clarification on the cash shipments to Afghanistan.
The document says the United Nations transports cash into Afghanistan for use by UN agencies. The UN reportedly uses the funds to conduct its work in Afghanistan, primarily in providing critical humanitarian assistance to millions of Afghans requiring support.
The reason that UN brings cash into Afghanistan is due to the disruption to international banking transfers and liquidity issues since August 2021, according to the info sheet.
All cash brought into Afghanistan is reportedly placed in designated UN accounts in a private bank for use by the United Nations.
All these funds are then distributed directly to the United Nations entities, as well as to a small number of approved and vetted humanitarian partners in Afghanistan.
None of the cash brought in to Afghanistan is deposited in the Central Bank of Afghanistan nor provided to the Taliban de facto authorities by the UN, according to the document.
Since this transfer mechanism commenced in December 2021, the UN has brought in to Afghanistan approximately US$1.8 billion in funds for the United Nations and partners to conduct their work.
The United Nations does not comment on the methods, timings, dates and amounts of individual cash shipments.