To End ‘Hell on Earth’ the US Must Free Afghanistan’s $7bn Reserves


Human Wrongs Watch

By Andrés Arauz*

Biden must release Afghanistan’s foreign reserves to alleviate suffering, argues Ecuador’s ex-central bank director.


It’s virtually impossible for Afghanistan’s central bank to fulfill its basic functions without access to its international reserves, argues Andrés Arauz | Ali Khara / Reuters / Alamy Stock Photo

(openDemocracy)* — “Hell on earth.” That’s how the World Food Programme’s executive director, David Beasley, describes the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Twenty million people – nearly half the country’s population – face acute hunger.

Reports of people selling their kidneys to buy food have becomealarmingly common.

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