The key aid group says Afghanistan’s most urgent need is cash

By AYA BATRAWY
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Afghanistan is facing a looming humanitarian crisis as aid organizations struggle with ways to pay doctors, nurses and others on the ground because there is currently no way to transfer salaries to bank accounts there. The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday to the Associated Press that the lack of cash to pay salaries to provide social services is the most urgent need now. Since the Taliban took power last summer, it has not been possible for international aid organizations to transfer payments to accounts in Afghanistan. At present, international currency cannot be changed to local currency by a network of banks in the country.

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