To: President Biden
President Biden must ensure Afghans do not starve
Dear President Biden,
We urge you to immediately unfreeze and release $150 million dollars out of $7.1 billion at the New York Federal Reserve Bank each month to the Central Bank of Afghanistan, under the oversight of an independent public auditor, so that civil servants can be paid and every day Afghans can purchase food, clothes, and other basic goods. This amount represents merely a fraction of the Afghan people’s own money in U.S. banks that Afghan families are currently unable to access. Strict monitoring requirements will ensure that the capital is used to address the needs of people in Afghanistan and not siphoned off by the Taliban for any nefarious means. The Taliban’s control of the country should not mean that the Afghan population should suffer because of it.
Why is this important?
Afghanistan is facing an existential economic crisis that’s shuttering banks, leaving civil servants without pay and increasing prices of basic food items like cooking oil and flour for Afghan families. UN officials are warning that food in the country could run out this month and millions could starve this winter. Doctors have not been paid for months and hospitals across the country are on the verge of total collapse. With no access to the Afghan people’s own money or financial capital, more Afghans are on the brink of a devastating economic crisis that will only further increase an already deepening humanitarian crisis.