Daily Evacuation Brief | March 23, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS:
One of the first flights of refugees from Albania to the US departed. A total of 212 passengers were aboard the plane and are expected at the new processing facility in Leesburg, Virginia. It is not yet clear if there will be additional flights soon. Approximately 2,400 Afghan refugees remain in Albania.
Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi did not attend the opening ceremony of the OIC conference in Islamabad. The press covering the event has dubbed the action a “snub” and may be related to the turmoil surrounding Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A group of influential traders complained to Central Bank officials about banking restrictions that are hurting their ability to expand trade and make profits. Central Bank officials countered with concerns over keeping the afghani currency stable. So far, the Central Bank appears to be doing a fairly good job of controlling the currency given the extremely difficult extenuating circumstances.
Former President Ghani made a call for a national dialogue to tackle problems facing the country. A mountain of criticism was heaped on Ghani as former officials and observers pointed out the hypocrisy of his statements given that his administration failed to pursue the objectives he stressed in his address.
Unconfirmed reports of a gun battle in Kunduz arrived shortly before publication time. We can neither confirm or deny the reports but recommend at-risk Afghans gather information before traveling to our thru the city.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
Schooling for girls over age 12 is expected to begin, and the international community is closely watching to see if the Taliban fulfill their promises to reopen education to girls. Although we believe the Taliban will follow through on this, the conditions of segregation they have outlined will seriously hamper girls’ education given limitations on classroom space, female teachers, and funding. Some sources suggest that international aid could be impacted if the regime fails to effectively provide educational opportunities for all.
The Central Bank is expected to auction another $12 million USD to stabilize the afghani. The policy has been relatively effective so far and is hoped to further bolster local currency.
The OIC meeting in Pakistan is expected to conclude. Sources indicate that significant pledges of support for Afghanistan were promised, although execution of promises is unfortunately never guaranteed.
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