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Cash Assistance to Afghanistan Leaps to $1.673 Billion

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The Central Bank of Afghanistan stated on Tuesday that a new package of $40 million had arrived in Kabul, taking the total amount of cash assistance from the international community to Afghanistan since the installation of the country’s new administration to $1.673 billion.

According to the Central Bank of Afghanistan, also known as Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), these cash assistance packages have been deposited in a commercial bank in Kabul, the Afghan capital, as part of humanitarian aid to the country.

The DAB records show that since the new administration took control in Afghanistan in mid-August last year, the total amount of cash assistance from the international community has exceeded $1.673 billion in 18 packages of $40 million and over 30 packages of $32 million each.

Despite the arrival of the packages poverty, hunger, and unemployment remain at all-time highs in Afghanistan, magnified by natural disasters that exacerbate the country’s people to experience one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) previously accused the Biden administration of impeding investigations into $1.1 billion in aid to Afghanistan and concealing information.

According to SIGAR, a watchdog known for sharp criticism of excessive US funding in Afghanistan, inquiries involving $1.1 billion in humanitarian aid used “to support the Afghan people since the Taliban’s takeover” have been shunned by the Biden administration.

The US State Department’s spokesperson, Ned Price, responded to the US special inspector’s remarks by claiming that Sapko’s scope of duty does not include investigating and inquiring into Afghan humanitarian aid.

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