UPDATED 3:28 PM PT – Saturday, October 2, 2021
As economic pressure continues to build in Afghanistan, Kabul residents have called on the Taliban government for help. Reports on Saturday said the cry for help comes as rising prices for food and fuel have continued to cripple an already battered economy.
Humanitarian aid arrived on Saturday in the form of the Red Crescent, which is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, carrying rice, sugar and other food items. The items were given to Afghan officials where the hope is it will go to help nearly 16,000 people in the country.
However, reports have indicated nearly half a million people have been displaced from their homes recently with officials saying this number could grow if the economy doesn’t hold up.
“People are not getting paid basically, so you are going months without a salary, that means you are struggling to buy essential food and medicines for your family.”
— IFRC Asia Pacific (@IFRCAsiaPacific) October 1, 2021
Meanwhile, health services are also facing a potential collapse. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, food shortages have been provoked by drought, monetary deficiencies and the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after the Taliban seized power in August from a country that was already struggling.
Now, officials say nearly 18 million Afghans are currently in need of humanitarian assistance.