The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan has distributed a press release providing clarification on the cash shipments to Afghanistan.
The statement read that The United Nations transported cash to Afghanistan for use by UN agencies. The UN uses the money to carry out its missions in Afghanistan, mainly to provide life-saving humanitarian aid to the many millions of Afghans in need.
The press release emphasized that “all cash transferred to Afghanistan is placed in designated UN accounts in a private bank for use by the United Nations, which will directly distribute to the United Nations entities including UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, UN-Women, OCHA, UN-Habitat, WHO, FAO, IOM and other small numbers of approved humanitarian partners in the country.”
The statement further clarified that “none of the cash brought into Afghanistan is deposited in the Central Bank of Afghanistan nor provided to the Taliban de facto authorities by the UN.”
Since December 2021, the UN has brought to Afghanistan approximately US$ 1.8 billion in funds for the United Nations and partners to conduct their work, and the amount of cash brought into Afghanistan is proportional to the UN’s program of Humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.
UNAMA official has not mentioned the amount of cash transformed to Afghanistan while being notified that the amount brought to the country is proportional to the humanitarian assistance program.
According to the statement, providing the UN with cash is still the best practical way to ensure that the fund can rapidly reach the millions of Afghan men, women, and children in desperate need of assistance.