A large package containing around $40 million in cash for “humanitarian aid” was seen on an airport tarmac in Afghanistan, officials there said last week.
The money was handed over to Da Bank of Afghanistan, the Taliban-controlled central bank of Afghanistan based in Kabul. The bank tweeted several images of the cash.
One shows packages of $100 bills tied in plastic, wrapped and boxed in an airport.
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“Another humanitarian aid package worth $40 million arrived in Afghanistan and was delivered to a commercial bank in Kabul. This is the second package to arrive in Afghanistan this week,” read the caption.
The bank did not say where the money came from. The bank has received several separate shipments worth millions in recent weeks, according to several identical tweets it posted last month.
“Any principled action that leads to the transfer of reserves to the country and helps the needy people of society is valued by Da Afghanistan Bank, and this bank will continue its efforts to strengthen the banking sector,” the bank said.
In September, the Biden administration announced the creation of a fund to assist the people of Afghanistan alongside the country’s central bank.
“The Afghan Fund will help alleviate Afghanistan’s economic challenges while protecting and accumulating $3.5 billion in reserves held by the Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), the central bank of Afghanistan, for the benefit of the people of Afghanistan received,” said Wally Adeyemo, US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, it said at the time.
“Taliban repression and economic mismanagement have exacerbated longstanding economic challenges facing Afghanistan, including through actions that have reduced the capacity of key Afghan economic institutions and made returning those funds to Afghanistan unsustainable,” Adeyemo said.
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Foreign aid stopped when the The Taliban have taken over Afghanistan in August 2021. World governments imposed sanctions, halted bank transfers and froze billions more in Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves.