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World should send pledged aid to Afghans to avert financial, refugee crisis -UNHCR

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The world should urgently present promised aid to Afghanistan, the U.N. refugee company mentioned on Saturday, warning {that a} lack of assets is hampering efforts to avert an financial crisis that would push contemporary flows of refugees to its neighbours and past.

“The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan remains really dire,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commmissioner for Refugees, mentioned in an interview in Islamabad.

“The focus has to be inside Afghanistan to avoid and avert another refugee crisis.”

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan on Aug. 15, the nation – already scuffling with drought and extreme poverty from many years of conflict – has seen its financial system all however collapse.

Most of the nation’s worldwide help has been minimize off, although there are exceptions for humanitarian aid. Billions of {dollars} in central financial institution belongings held overseas have additionally been frozen, which has put strain on the banking system.

“Our worry is Afghan suffering will increase, the impact will be inside…but also it could be beyond Afghanistan…in terms of displacement not only to countries like Pakistan and Iran that have been generous hosts of refugees for decades, but beyond.”

The complete wanted for humanitarian operations in Afghanistan within the subsequent few months is $600 million, Baloch mentioned, and solely 35% of that had been supplied by worldwide donors, regardless of guarantees at a current convention in Geneva the place donors pledged greater than $1 billion in aid.

“Those pledges have to turn into reality, the cash has to be there for us to step in and support…Afghans,” he mentioned.

Baloch added there have been new challenges for the reason that collapse of the federal government and the takeover of the nation by the Taliban administration. The lack of business flights meant provides wanted to be taken in on particular flights or by street.

He mentioned a humanitarian hub had been arrange in Uzbekistan to fly in provides which had been then pushed throughout the border into northern Afghanistan.

U.N. businesses are partaking with members of the Taliban administration, he mentioned, including there have been some constructive indicators however one key difficulty was making certain feminine native workers had been ready to get again to work in all components of the nation.

In Qatar, Taliban representatives requested the United States to carry a ban on Afghan central financial institution reserves at a gathering with U.S. counterparts, Afghanistan’s appearing international minister mentioned on Saturday in remarks reported by Al-Jazeera tv. learn extra

Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield, Editing by William Maclean

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