AFP, April 19, 2023
34 Million in Poverty Under Taliban Ruled Afghanistan: UN
The figure is a staggering increase of 15 million on 2020
The number of Afghans in poverty nearly doubled to 34 million as the nation was racked by the collapse of the US-backed government and the Taliban takeover, the United Nations said Tuesday.
Vast foreign subsidies were halted and aid programmes dramatically cut back after the US-backed republic fell in 2021 as many countries refused to deal with the Taliban authorities in Kabul.
Those NGOs still providing vital help were dealt a further blow in December last year by a Taliban government order barring Afghan women from working for them.
The curb was extended this month to the UN’s Afghan women employees and the organisation said it faces an “appalling choice" over whether to continue its aid schemes.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released on Tuesday a stark new assessment of 2022 data estimating 34 million Afghans were living below the poverty line.
The figure is a staggering increase of 15 million on 2020, the last full year of rule by the Western-backed government that crumbled in a matter of weeks the following summer.
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