Afghan farmers lament as U.S. sanctions bring economic suffering

Afghan farmers lament as U.S. sanctions bring economic suffering

AFGHAN farmers asked the United States to end economic sanctions in their country and release frozen assets.

Afghans voiced their frustration on how U.S. sanctions against the Taliban do more harm than good.

Efforts to punish the Taliban have boomeranged and are hurting ordinary citizens instead.

Afghan farmers believe that the lifting of U.S. sanctions and the return of the nation: ‘s frozen assets will pave the way to improve the water conservation facilities and ease their farming struggles.

After the United States waged a 20-year-long war in Afghanistan, American soldiers and their foreign counterparts left behind a trail of damaged local infrastructure.

The interim government’s plan to build dams after the U.S. ended the 20-year war in Afghanistan has been delayed due to a lack of funds caused by sanctions.

“The United States is freezing Afghanistan’s funds and assets, which are our national assets and must be returned to us. All Afghans hope the United States to unfreeze and return our assets as soon as possible, which will have a profound effect on the Afghan economy,” Muhammad, local farmer said.

“During 20 years of military operations in Afghanistan, the Americans did not improve our infrastructure. And today we are under their sanctions, which have made us unable to feed ourselves. From Sudan, Morocco, Libya to Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other countries, the United States invaded in the name of so-called ‘peace and democracy’ and then realized its political goals behind it,” Qaribullah Sadat, Afghan political analyst said.

As if the damage was not enough, the U.S. imposed unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Emirate, including the freezing of 7 billion dollars in national assets deposited by Afghanistan’s central bank at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The 20-year conflict in Afghanistan – triggered by the 9/11 attacks to counter al-Qaeda terrorists – was considered the United States’ longest war. American troops and their foreign counterparts left Afghanistan in May 2021 which sparked a humanitarian crisis.

Afghans who helped the foreign troops during the Western intervention desperately asked their governments to return the favor by granting them citizenships and residency visas to save their heads and protect their families from the wrath of the Taliban.

Additionally, U.S. sanctions on Afghanistan’s banks are preventing citizens from having a normal working economy, delaying remittances, and dramatically increasing the cost of importing food.

Millions of Afghans suffer from hunger as Taliban and western powers remain at loggerheads about their contradictory arguments on internal policies and sanctions.

 

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