Taliban says it monitors humanitarian aid distribution in Afghanistan

Taliban’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has said that they are monitoring the distribution of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan to prevent “injustice.”

Mujahid asserted that Taliban departments do not interfere with the aid process, but noted that the Ministry of Economy is “generally monitoring” UN humanitarian aid to ensure fairness.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, citing findings from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), reported that at least 17 incidents in March 2024 involved restrictions on women’s participation in humanitarian programming.

“Interference in the implementation of humanitarian responses remains the main driver of access constraints, followed by physical environment challenges due to heavy rainfall,” the statement said.

However, Mujahid maintained that the aid is being implemented through UN agencies. “International aid is undoubtedly under their control. However, the Ministry of Economy oversees them to ensure justice,” he said.

This statement comes as the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) warned in a report to Congress about the Taliban’s interference in humanitarian aid, alleging that the Taliban misuse international aid intended for the Afghan people.