About 25 million Afghans live in poverty – Radio Florida, Florida News and Updates

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Kabul, Aug 13 Up to 25 million people today live in poverty in Afghanistan, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Also, in the Central Asian country’s labor market, 900,000 jobs could be lost this year, as companies struggle to stay afloat while women and girls continue to be unable to access secondary school and the formal economy, the report said.

Despite continued humanitarian assistance, the Afghan people are still in dire need of international aid, OCHA warned.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov, pointed out that the reason for the worsening of the economic situation in Afghanistan is the freezing of national bank assets by the United States, reflected the TOLO News news channel.

The scale of the needs in Afghanistan far exceeds the response capacity of humanitarian actors to meet them and it will not be possible to shift the population from one mode of survival to one of prosperity unless an economy and banking system that work, Alakbarov said.

It is also necessary to resume more sustainable long-term interventions; that the competent ministries be technically trained; girls can go back to school; and women and girls can participate meaningfully and safely in all aspects of social, political and economic life, including humanitarian work, he added.

“We are in an economic disaster, with unemployment and absolute poverty, with no savings, with a very low value of the currency and with high prices,” said economist Fahim Abasi.

Afghanistan is in worse economic, social and health conditions after the departure of US troops that invaded the country in 2001 under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

The critical humanitarian situation is also marked by an intense drought that reduced agricultural production and increased the lack of water.

The Afghan population is facing economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the West, which have cut billions of dollars in development aid and frozen Afghan bank assets.

Taken from Latin Press

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