Afghanistan: Mass hunger is a result of the economic crisis

Human Rights Watch says Afghanistans humanitarian crisis will not be effectively solved until US and other governments eliminate restrictions on the countrys banking sector . Human Rights Watch: The country continues to suffer from a massive liquidity crisis and a shortage of banknotes .

Washington, United States, August 6: According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis will not be effectively solved until the US and other governments eliminate restrictions on the country's banking sector to enable legitimate business and humanitarian assistance.Afghanistan's intensifying hunger and health crisis is urgent, and its root is a banking crisis, according to John Sifton, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.Regardless of the Taliban's status or legitimacy with outside organizations, international economic restrictions are still driving the country's tragedy and impacting the Afghan population.According to HRW, Afghanistan's central bank is unable to access its foreign currency reserves or process or receive most international transactions.

Millions of Afghans have lost their incomes as a result of external donors' cuts to support Afghan health, education, and other essential services, according to a rights organization.People have nothing to eat, an Afghan human official told HRW in mid-July.Children are starving, as you may not believe it.The situation is grim, particularly if you go to the villages.

According to the World Food Programme, over one million Afghans are living in level-3 or level-4 acute hunger, which is particularly vulnerable to death because they are undernourished, resulting in significant health problems, including stunting.According to the WFP, more than 90% of Afghans are living in poverty, with many families experiencing level-4 acute hunger since last August, including a drop in the amount of food they have eaten.