$ 4.6 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan


KABUL (SW) – After warnings from international organizations about the negative consequences of the restrictions imposed on women by the Islamic Emirate, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) has said that Afghanistan needs $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid this year.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid has added that 28.3 million Afghan citizens need humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman Habib, the spokesman of the Ministry of Economy, while confirming the existence of poverty in the country, said that the statistics and reports of international organizations about the human condition in Afghanistan are not approved by the government.

“The statistics distributed by external institutions are the results of surveys and findings of offices and organizations that work in this direction, but this statistic is not official and reliable and we do not confirm this. From the economic analysis that has been done, since we are at the beginning of 2023, the economic situation in 2023 has improved compared to a year ago”.

On the other hand, Bahman Yousefi, university professor and researcher of economic issues, says that OCHA and United Nations statistics are very accurate and based on research.

“When the United Nations gives statistics, it gives statistics based on a survey. International organizations never release statistics without a detailed survey. In 2023, if we don’t have good plans, especially if we don’t pay more attention to women’s work and education, from my point of view, we have a more difficult year ahead.

However, Tajmohammed Tesseh, an expert on economic issues, says that OCHA’s statistics are probable statistics. “The concern that Ocha portrayed or reported on is a possible report that means we live in poverty, not the majority but the minority. Minority in the sense that up to two and a half or three million people are really facing extreme poverty and have their own problems”.