SIGAR: Biden admin has given over $11 billion to Afghanistan since Taliban took over and U.S. withdrew its troops in 2021
11/09/2023 // Laura Harris // Views

The United States under President Joe Biden has given a total aid package of over $11 billion to Afghanistan and Afghan refugees since the Taliban took over Afghanistan after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal in August 2021.

According to the report released by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the U.S. and its allies have been sending approximately $80 million of "cash shipments" every 10 to 14 days to support the Afghan population.

The report quoted that the United Nations (UN) assured Sopko that the financial aid is "placed in designated UN accounts in a private bank" rather than being "deposited in the central bank or provided to the Taliban." The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stressed that they monitor, audit, inspect and vet these cash deliveries following UN financial rules and processes. (Related: Dr. Mike Spaulding: Biden's pullout from Afghanistan negatively impacted Christians in the country – Brighteon.TV.)

However, the report acknowledged that the Taliban has a history of stealing foreign aid, obstructing oppressed minority populations from accessing it and extracting funds from UN shipments or imposing fees on cash deliveries. The Taliban has been known to interfere with UN and NGO activities, limiting access to essential assistance for vulnerable populations.

In short, this massive foreign aid flow to Afghanistan has sparked concerns about its effective use and the possibility of funds falling into the wrong hands.

Taliban's interference with foreign aid continues to plague Afghanistan

The latest report from SIGAR has shed light on the ongoing struggles humanitarian agencies face in delivering aid to the people of Afghanistan. Despite efforts to provide crucial assistance to vulnerable populations, the Taliban's interference, theft and discrimination against certain groups have continued to hinder humanitarian operations.

The SIGAR report highlights the Taliban's long history of stealing foreign aid, blocking oppressed minority populations from receiving assistance, and profiting from UN shipments and other aid efforts. The group has charged administrative fees to various Taliban ministries, which they record as inland revenue. Such practices have significantly hindered the distribution of aid to those in need.

In 2023, the Taliban's interference in the UN and NGO activities increased, further limiting beneficiary access to lifesaving assistance. The report quotes a UN official who notes that violence against humanitarian personnel, assets, and facilities had a significant impact on the humanitarian response during the last quarter. Humanitarian agencies documented 127 instances of impeded access, including a 73-percent increase in the detention of aid workers compared to 2022.

The Taliban has also demanded sensitive data from struggling humanitarian groups, including lists of their staff members and beneficiaries, further compromising the safety and security of aid workers and recipients. As a result, 49 UN Humanitarian partner programs temporarily suspended operations in August, and 36 remained suspended as of September, with "Taliban interference with staff recruitment" identified as one of the major issues.

The discrimination against women working for aid agencies has persisted, leaving only about a quarter of humanitarian operations that employ both male and female staffers fully operational. SIGAR's report also highlights the Taliban's efforts to impose an ultra-conservative and radical religious ideology based on their harsh interpretation of Islam, despite early promises to be more moderate.

The United Nations Human Rights Office has noted widespread human rights violations, including discrimination against women and girls, with perpetrators often going unpunished. Despite these challenges, the Biden administration's approach appears to involve offering full diplomatic recognition and legitimacy as an incentive for the Taliban to "respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Afghans," as stated by the State Department.

However, the Taliban has shown limited interest in pursuing such goals and has instead sought to establish economic relations with countries like China.

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