Afghanistan may face a food disaster, because of the Taliban movement, which is a banned movement and is subject to the sanctions of the United Nations and the governments of some countries.
Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council Andrei Kortunov said that the collapse of the food system and famine in Afghanistan is a precedent against which no measures have been taken.
The threat of famine threatens the snakes
According to a report published bymoderndiplomacyMost of the aid comes to Afghanistan from international bodies, and the United States, in other words, from Western parties and organizations with ties to the West.
The foreign report, translated by Watan, says that the Taliban movement is under sanctions, and that these sanctions are not unilateral, whether from the United States or the European Union, but also from the United Nations.
The Taliban’s coming to power may mean that these sanctions can extend to the entire country, and this will result in serious food problems, as food shipments from the World Food Program and other international organizations may be at risk.”
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According to experts, statistics from recent years show that annual aid to Afghanistan amounts to about five billion US dollars, but this amount is not enough to meet the needs of the country’s population.
Kortunov noted that “the minimum amount that Afghanistan needs to maintain basic social institutions to avoid hunger in certain regions is believed to be $1 billion per month, i.e. $12 billion annually.”
Population growth in Afghanistan
“Some say that twice as much is needed, given that Afghanistan’s population growth is among the highest in the world and life expectancy is among the lowest, with about half of Afghan children under five suffering from malnutrition.”
He noted that although the issue of providing more food supplies to Afghanistan has not been settled, some countries, such as China, continue to help Afghanistan, but a united stance of the international community is needed to prevent a food and humanitarian crisis.
He added, “There is a need for a common position of the international community and it should stick to a paper in similar UN Security Council resolutions, which should state reservations about food aid in any case.”
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However, according to him, the main question is who will control the distribution of humanitarian and food aid within the country” as there were precedents like this when sanctioned countries and regimes granted reservations and received food aid.
But a logical question arises as to who will control the distribution of this aid. This has long been a stumbling block to aid programs for Syria, as the West has claimed that if everything is left to Damascus’s discretion, aid will be distributed in favor of President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle and not for the benefit of the Syrian Prime Time Zone.
“It is not excluded that the same position will be taken with regard to the Taliban,” Kortunov added.
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