Aid must be coordinated with Islamic Emirate: Hanafi

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The Second Deputy of the Prime Minister, Abdul Salam Hanafi, said that humanitarian aid must be distributed in coordination with the Islamic Emirate to the vulnerable people in Afghanistan.

He said that the employees of the Islamic Emirate should also be involved in providing aid to the people in need across the country.

“The international aid is not a permanent solution for poverty and countering starvation and for the economic crisis. We believe that the government and international community should boost up economic activities,” Hanafi told a gathering in Kabul on Wednesday.

He called for transparency in the distribution of aid.

The deputy special representative of the UN secretary-general and the humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan said that the organization has provided humanitarian aid to aaround 18 million Afghans in 2022.

“I am very proud today to say that in the last four months we have scaled up to reach by the end of the year nearly 18 million people with humanitarian aid,” said Ramiz Alakbarov, deputy special representative of the UN secretary-general and the humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Economy said that it has established three committees to distribute aid for the people across the county.

“We have formed a committee in the capital to transfer the aid properly to the vulnerable people nationwide,” said Deputy Minister Lal Mohammad Walizada.

Afghanistan is facing multiple crises due to the freeze of its central bank assets and the suspension of international aid.

Meanwhile, residents of Kabul complained of “unfair distribution” of aid, saying that the aid was not provided to the vulnerable people who need it.

They also called for a transparent and fair distribution of aid. “Let the aid be continued. But it should be given to people who deserve it,” said Ghulam Nabi, a resident of Kabul.

“No one has given us anything,” said Abdul Muttalib, another resident of Kabul. “When we ask for aid—they tell us to wait, but I haven’t received anything yet,” said Rahim, another resident.

The World Food Program (WFP) said that it has provided food and cash aid to 15 million people in 2021 in Afghanistan. The WFP expects to reach over 23 million vulnerable people next year in Afghanistan.

“There should be a home-to-home survey so we can address the problem of those who are in grave need,” said Wahidullah Amani, a spokesman for the WFP. How effective is the humanitarian aid distribution in Afghanistan?

Economists gave their opinions: “The education departments, particularly teachers, can help the United Nations in the distribution of aid,” said Sayed Masoud, an economist.

The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation denied the existence of corruption in the provision of aid to the people in need.

“Those who deserve to be helped, we give them (humanitarian organizations) information to send assistance there,” said Abdul Muttalib Haqqani, spokesman for the ministry.

Based on international humanitarian organizations’ statistics, over 92 percent of Afghans are struggling with food insecurity.

 

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