The Heat: Afghanistan Crisis

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Nearly four months after the Taliban seized power – Afghanistan is facing a growing humanitarian and economic crisis. Aid organizations warn a million children could die of acute malnutrition in the coming months. Hundreds of Afghans marched in the streets of Kabul on Tuesday with banners reading, “Let us eat” and “Give us our frozen assets.” In August, the United States froze more than nine billion dollars in reserves belonging to the Afghan Central Bank. The lack of funding has crippled Afghanistan’s already troubled economy. State employees from doctors to teachers have not been paid in months. The United Nations says the country is on the brink of a catastrophe.

Joining the discussion:

  • Omar Sadr is a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Governance and Markets at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Haroun Rahimi is an Associate Professor at the American University of Afghanistan.
  • Babar Baloch is the Global Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • Sulaiman Bin Shah served as the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce in Ashraf Ghani’s administration. 

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