After Trump-era cuts, refugee agencies have rebuilt to accommodate evacuating Afghans

Nov 10, 2022
Trump Administration-era cuts scaled back refugee programs, but the resettlement of 88,000 Afghans prompted them to ramp up and expand.
The rapid resettlement of Afghans over the last year left many refugee agencies scrambling. Above, a person wears a vest reading "Welcome" in Persian and English at an Afghan refugee camp in New Mexico.
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How to revive Afghanistan's economy? Taliban reforms, country's ex-central bank says.

Aug 16, 2022
About $7 billion in Afghan Central Bank assets remain frozen in the U.S. Could those funds be used to relieve the country's humanitarian crisis?
Poverty, acute hunger, and inflation have soared since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August 2021. The nation's former central bank governor says until the Taliban makes changes to policies the international community opposes, the economy will remain at a standstill.
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What is the current state of Afghanistan's economy?

Feb 23, 2022
Afghanistan was on the precipice of a humanitarian disaster, and it fell off that precipice, said Madiha Afzal at the Brookings Institution.
People shop at a vegetable market in Kabul in January. Since the Taliban takeover, an estimated 22.8 million Afghans are facing life-threatening food insecurity.
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How Afghanistan's money exchangers "grease the economy"

Sep 23, 2021
The informal network of exchangers are making money available in ways banks can't, says Cambridge research fellow Nafay Choudhury.
“Given the instability in the country, money exchangers are going to become very important, again, in playing an important role to meet financial needs,” says Nafay Choudhury, research fellow at the University of Cambridge.
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What Taliban rule has meant for an Afghan American, personally and professionally

Sep 20, 2021
Homa Sorouri spent years working with international aid organizations in Afghanistan. It's "dreadful," she said, to see the work they did disappear.
People wait to withdraw money outside a bank in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Banks were temporarily closed after the Taliban seized power, adding to the chaos.
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The tech economy needs minerals and metals, and Afghanistan has got a lot of them

Sep 3, 2021
Journalist and book author Guillaume Pitron explains the barriers to getting those minerals out of the ground and putting them to use.
A copper and cobalt mine in Kolwezi in the Democratic republic of Congo in 2018.
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The Taliban lacks the skill to run an economy, expert says

Sep 1, 2021
Afghanistan's economy needs the help of regional forces and countries, economist Asad Ejaz Butt says.
Images of women at a beauty salon in Kabul are defaced with spray paint.
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How the "economic fundamentals" of opium undermined U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

Aug 24, 2021
The U.S. spent billions trying to suppress Afghanistan’s illicit opium and heroin trade. It didn’t work.
A U.S. Marine sergeant patrols in an Afghan poppy field in 2011. With many farmers dependent on the opium trade, Jeffrey Clemens says, "the effort to win hearts and minds" was set back by the U.S. eradication program.
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Afghanistan turmoil intensifies refugee housing efforts

Aug 23, 2021
Many refugees are eligible for special visas to live in the U.S.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 21:  In this handout provided by the U.S. Air Force, an air crew prepares to load evacuees aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of the Afghanistan evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 21, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Uncertainty awaits Afghan refugees coming to the U.S.

Aug 23, 2021
"You can't just think of these people as refugees. In a lot of cases, you've got to think of them as returning war veterans."
In this handout provided by the U.S. Air Force, an air crew assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron assists evacuees aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of the Afghanistan evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 21, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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