UN cuts aid to Afghans as Taliban imposes sanctions

UN cuts aid to Afghans as Taliban imposes sanctions

Afghan children hover along a road in the Fayzabad district of Badakhshan province on March 3, 2023. A shortfall in funding has forced the UN World Food Programme to cut rations to 4 million Afghans this month, it said in a statement late on Friday.

Since the Taliban took over in 2021, the already poor country has plunged deeper into economic crisis and foreign governments have cut development funding and enforced sanctions on the banking sector.

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Some people, including from the United Nations, have expressed concerns that donors will pull back on the country's huge humanitarian aid program, after a series of restrictions on women the Taliban administration put in place last year, including barring most Afghan female non-government organization staff from work in December.