Afghanistan population faces hunger, poverty: GIZ

The German development organization, GIZ, has warned that the situation for many people in Afghanistan has drastically deteriorated since the Taliban’s takeover. According to GIZ, the Afghan population is facing severe hunger and poverty.

In a statement confirming reports of restructuring its operations in Afghanistan, GIZ announced that it will implement projects exclusively through non-governmental organizations (NGOs). While existing and commissioned projects will continue, GIZ emphasized that starting in 2025, it will no longer employ its own national staff in Afghanistan.

“People need support to cover their most basic needs,” the statement noted.

The German aid organization further stated that its efforts in Afghanistan will focus on supporting the local population with essential services. “This includes improving self-sufficiency in poorer urban and rural communities, training midwives and women health professionals, and supporting women entrepreneurs and women-led organizations,” the statement read.

This development comes as many aid organizations have been forced to suspend or reduce their operations in Afghanistan due to the Taliban’s restrictions on women’s work, raising concerns about the worsening humanitarian situation. The humanitarian crisis has been escalating in the country since the collapse of the former government.