[Epoch Times September 15, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Chen Ting’s comprehensive report) The Islamic militant group Taliban launched a lightning offensive last month to quickly take control of Afghanistan and caught the US troops preparing to withdraw by surprise. However, one month after the fall of Kabul, how the Taliban can transform their military victory into a long-term stable rule is still an arduous problem.
According to Reuters, although the United States has provided Afghanistan with hundreds of billions of dollars in development expenditures in the past 20 years, the current economic situation in Afghanistan is still dilapidated.
Droughts and famines are forcing thousands of people from the countryside to the cities. The World Food Programme is concerned that the country’s food may be exhausted by the end of this month, and as many as 14 million people will be hungry. the edge of. For many Afghans, the main priority is simple survival.
According to the report, there is still a long line at the door of the country’s banks, and the bank’s weekly withdrawal limit is US$200 or 20,000 afghanis. Many government workers have not been paid since at least July.
Temporary markets have emerged across Kabul, where people sell household goods in exchange for cash to finance their long-distance escape from the country, or just to raise money to buy food。
“The current security situation is good, but we don’t have any income,” said a butcher who asked not to be named. “Every day, our situation is getting worse.”
With the reopening of the airport, the first aid flights have begun to arrive. International donors have pledged to provide more than $1 billion.
This week, the United Nations held a fundraising meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, aimed at raising funds for war-torn Afghanistan and avoiding a humanitarian crisis. All parties have pledged to provide 1.2 billion U.S. dollars in assistance.
However, people still lack confidence in the Taliban. Especially after a large number of reports about the killing of civilians and the beatings of journalists and others, the international community generally lacked confidence in the organization.
In addition, many countries have a deep distrust of senior government officials such as the newly appointed Minister of the Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani.
Haqqani is the leader of the Haqqani armed group. In 2008, the organization was accused of attacking a top hotel in Kabul, killing six people, including a U.S. citizen. In 2012, the US State Department included it on the list of terrorist organizations. Currently, Haqqani is still listed as a global terrorist by the United States, offering a reward of $10 million. (Link)
The Taliban stated that the government is working hard to restore various services and the streets are now safe, but with the end of the war, solving the economic crisis is becoming a bigger problem.
“The theft has disappeared. But the bread has also disappeared.” A shopkeeper said.
According to Agence France-Presse, the Taliban’s acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said at a press conference that the Taliban would “use donated funds wisely” and use them to alleviate poverty.
Mutazi said: “We are grateful and happy to see countries around the world have pledged about 1 billion U.S. dollars in aid, and we urge them to continue to lend a helping hand to Afghanistan.”
He stated that the regime “will do its utmost to provide such assistance to those in need in a completely transparent manner.”
Mutazi also stated that the Taliban will not allow Afghanistan to become a base for terrorist organizations to launch attacks on other countries.
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