New York, NY, February 11, 2022 — “Today’s Executive Order reflects an important recognition of the dire situation facing Afghanistan and its people, and the responsibilities and interests of the United States in preventing further collapse of economy and society. The Executive Order underscores the importance of economic activity to the alleviation of humanitarian need. We have argued that the priorities are to get salaries paid to public servants, capitalize the banking system, clarify the limits of sanctions and support economic institutions including the central bank. Today’s announcement needs to be followed up by urgent action, including the release of privately-owned Afghan assets and much faster disbursement of World Bank funds marked for Afghanistan. The IRC now has nearly 3000 staff members working across Afghanistan, and they report rising levels of desperation as well as malnutrition, poverty and family violence. It is vital that the announcement today is matched by action from Europe, the Gulf and neighbors of Afghanistan to arrest the decline that has been so evident in recent months.”
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.