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  1. bump. another protest again. come on iraq, just rv your currency to avoid more and bigger protest in the near future.. just wonder why would the iraqi government never listen to them? where is Al-Khademi when the protest happened?
  2. agreed jg1. hopefully, whoever will be the next new PM, he has to improve the lives of ordinary iraqi citizens..
  3. Cost of Living in Iraq Cost of living One person Family of 4 💰 Total with rent $710 $1613 🛋️ Without rent $379 $1073 🏨 Rent & Utilities $332 $540 🍽️ Food $218 $564 🚐 Transport $103 $287 💳 Monthly salary after tax $568 💸 GDP per capita $4157 🏙️ Population 38.3M The cost of living in Iraq is $710, which is 1.35 times less expensive than the world average. Iraq ranked 119th out of 197 countries by cost of living and the 123rd best country to live in. The average salary after taxes in Iraq is $568, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.8 months. Prices in Iraq We calculate prices for Iraq as a population-weighted mean of 29 cities. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information. Eating Out 🍱 Lunch Menu $4.81 🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2 $20.4 🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's $6 🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz $2.36 ☕ Cappuccino $1.8 🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz $0.47 Rent & Utilities 🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2 $325 🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2 $199 🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2 $553 🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2 $356 🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc. $67.8 🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc. $105 🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited $39.8 🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years 10.87% 🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2 $1289 🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2 $605 Transportation 🚌 Local transport ticket $0.45 🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport $28.1 🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi $16.6 ⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal $0.42 Groceries 🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt $1.14 🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb $0.87 🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $1.43 🥚 Eggs, x12 $1.81 🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $4.63 🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $4.1 🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $10.9 🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $1.08 🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $1.06 🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $1.04 🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $0.69 🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $0.68 🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb $0.66 🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt $0.36 🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz $0.91 🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle $12.6 🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz $1.5 🚬 Cigarette pack $1.96 💊 Cold medicince, 1 week $3.53 🧴 Hair Shampoo $2.77 🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls $1.15 👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube $1.87 Other 🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month $30.3 🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person $7.67 👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit $14.7 💇 Haircut, simple $4.96 👖 Brand Jeans $26.7 👟 Brand Sneakers $52.8 👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month $115 🏫 International Primary School, 1 year $1624 link : https://livingcost.org/cost/iraq
  4. Cost of living in Iraq Food Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 14,487 Dinar Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 8,701 Dinar 500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 2,875 Dinar 1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,540 Dinar 12 eggs, large 2,744 Dinar 1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 901 Dinar 500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,486 Dinar 1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,170 Dinar 1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 750 Dinar 0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,712 Dinar 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 23,523 Dinar 2 liters of coca-cola 1,214 Dinar Bread for 2 people for 1 day 922 Dinar Housing Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 989,466 Dinar Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 538,187 Dinar Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 154,956 Dinar Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 992,027 Dinar Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 489,497 Dinar Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 214,090 Dinar Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 42,453 Dinar 40” flat screen tv 330,554 Dinar Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 269,125 Dinar Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 4,090 Dinar Hourly rate for cleaning help 13,778 Dinar Clothes 1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 25,532 Dinar 1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 44,555 Dinar 1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 46,145 Dinar 1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 57,810 Dinar Transportation Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 33,441,300 Dinar 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 590 Dinar Monthly ticket public transport 59,883 Dinar Personal Care Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 4,290 Dinar 1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 7,086 Dinar Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 21,784 Dinar 1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 23,925 Dinar Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 9,819 Dinar Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 3,789 Dinar 4 rolls of toilet paper 3,245 Dinar Tube of toothpaste 3,471 Dinar Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 10,381 Dinar Entertainment Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 18,601 Dinar 2 tickets to the movies 18,043 Dinar 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 34,950 Dinar Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 65,513 Dinar 1 cocktail drink in downtown club 16,100 Dinar Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3,457 Dinar 1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 6,744 Dinar Ipad wi-fi 128gb 919,655 Dinar 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 123 Dinar 1 month of gym membership in business district 69,807 Dinar 1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,757 Dinar Summary of cost of living in Iraq Family of four estimated monthly costs: 3,102,265 Dinar Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,390,937 Dinar link : https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/country/iraq
  5. Afghanistan’s Pivot to Crypto: Will It Work? Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea have tried cryptocurrency during economic uncertainty, with mixed results. Will Afghanistan be any different? By Scott Chipolina 7 min read Oct 23, 2021 In brief Recent data suggested that Afghanistan is pivoting to crypto. Decrypt spoke to Afghanistan experts to discover whether ordinary Afghans really stand to benefit or not. In times of turmoil, more nations are turning to crypto. Iran, Venezuela and North Korea have all used cryptocurrencies to avoid sanctions, access global markets, or, in the case of North Korea, even conduct cyberwarfare. Now it is Afghanistan’s turn. Data published in August by crypto analytics platform Chainalysis found that Afghanistan ranked 20th out of 154 countries in overall cryptocurrency adoption. If you isolate for core peer-to-peer trading volume, Afghanistan ranks seventh globally. A year ago, Afghanistan didn’t even rank in Chainalysis’ data, suggesting its crypto boom is a recent phenomenon. Then in August, the Taliban took full control of the country—an event that triggered economic collapse, and has led some to suggest cryptocurrencies could become even more important. Will crypto provide a lifeline? Not necessarily. Decrypt spoke to Afghanistan experts who suggested cryptocurrencies will do little for the country’s struggling population—but may benefit their Taliban rulers. Afghanistan’s crypto moment? Not so fast Among the ordinary Afghans seeing the potential of crypto is Farhan Hotak, who lives in the south of the country near the Pakistan border. The 22-year-old Hotak has gained media attention in recent weeks as an avid crypto trader living under Taliban rule. “I have very, very, very limited resources to do anything. I’m interested in the crypto world, because I have earned a lot, and I see a lot of potential in myself that I can go further,” Hotak told CNBC this August. Yet Hotak remains an exception. While Chainalysis’ data suggests crypto is becoming more popular in Afghanistan, experts doubt that cryptocurrencies will impact the lives of ordinary Afghans in any meaningful way. “You’re not going to be able to just walk up to a vegetable market and pay for your vegetables with crypto,” Peter Mills, Afghanistan researcher for the Institute for the Study of War, told Decrypt, adding that Afghanistan remains—more so now than ever—a cash-driven economy. In fact, Afghanistan relies on hard cash so extensively that some of its citizens are adopting other fiat currencies amid a severe lack of circulating afghanis—the local currency—due to international sanctions. “They’re switching to other currencies—they’re using Pakistani rupees. I’ve seen some reports that they’re using Iranian currency in Western Afghanistan, like in Herat,” Mills said. Mills's point is underscored by the story of a baker in Syria, in the northern town of Azaz, ditching the rapidly devaluing local currency for Turkish lira, following the example of his local council. Given how Afghans have been quick to adopt other sorts of money, could they come to embrace crypto too? As it turns out, there are several reasons why ordinary people are unlikely to use it at the rate implied by Chainlaysis’ data. One relates to physical infrastructure—or what’s left of it. In recent months, a rival group to the Taliban known as the Islamic State Khorasan has taken to blowing up electricity pylons. “They have targeted electricity pylons and telecommunications infrastructure and other important economic infrastructure in order to create more economic instability and undermine the government,” Mills added. With electrical infrastructure potentially wiping out entire regions’ access to power—as well access to the internet—widespread cryptocurrency adoption faces a severely uphill battle in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a culture of government corruption is another impediment to Afghan civilians benefiting from crypto. Such corruption was underscored by the Kabul Bank scandal of 2010, which saw politicians and high-ranking officials embezzle approximately $1 billion, paralyzing any meaningful attempt to develop Afghanistan’s economy and financial infrastructure. Few believe corruption will diminish under the new Taliban government. The upshot is that there’s little chance Afghanistan’s leaders will follow the example of El Salvador—another impoverished country where, for better or worse, its leaders are pushing citizens to use Bitcoin. “The issues are more real economy, political rule of law, security...you know, the payment technologies are sort of on the side in terms of importance,” Warren Coats, former member of the IMF program for Afghanistan, told Decrypt. Coats added that it’s a “wonderful thing” when digital technology meets payments, and anything that makes Afghans less reliant on cash would be welcomed, but “that is almost certainly not going to happen with non-legal tender.” Cryptocurrencies are unlikely to improve the life of everyday Afghans. But might they help the Taliban instead? A crypto playbook for jihadists As with the governments of other rogue states, Afghanistan’s new Taliban leaders may latch on to cryptocurrencies as a way to skirt international sanctions hobbling its economy. According to Yaya Fanusie, former CIA analyst and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Century, jihadist groups have been incorporating crypto into their global payment networks for some time. This strategy could be particularly appealing to the Taliban, given how even its traditional allies like Pakistan and China have yet to afford any legitimacy to their government. “Even Pakistan is reluctant to be the first ones to move and recognize the Taliban,” Mills added. One Twitter user with a following of more than 20,000 that goes by the pseudonym Bibi Janey, even published a tweet suggesting that the Taliban should “hold an emergency meeting with money exchangers to train them on exchanging Bitcoin.” According to Siegfried Wolf, director of research at the South Asia Democratic Forum, a Taliban controlled Afghanistan could even “expand from being a mere physical hub for international terrorist groups,” and evolve into a more crypto-specific “online nodal point for crypto/fiat currency transactions outside appropriate oversight.” This is not too difficult to imagine, given that the Taliban would only need a steady flow of electricity in small pockets of Afghanistan to run Bitcoin operations. This would fit a pattern of other terrorist organizations that have relied on cryptocurrencies, including Hamas and the Islamic State. The risk of the Taliban turning to crypto financing appears more likely still given that its traditional source of funds—the opium trade—may soon be on its way out, despite the group having previously pocketed up to $3 billion a year from it. “At least officially, they’ve said they’re going to get rid of opium farming and production,” Mills said. The fallout of the Taliban’s crypto bet Rogue states like Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea have all pivoted to crypto before. In Venezuela and Iran, cryptocurrency is used to avoid sanctions and, in Venezuela, to distract from hyperinflation as well. In North Korea, the Kim regime’s crypto-theft and hacking escapades have long been relied on to prop up a chronically failing economy. While the circumstances of rogue states vary wildly, their actions always raise the ire of the United States, and Afghanistan's crypto pivot will be no different. Just this week, a report released by the Biden administration warned that digital assets like cryptocurrencies undermine the United States’ sanctions regime, a regime that has long served as a cornerstone of American foreign policy. “These technologies offer malign actors opportunities to hold and transfer funds outside the collar-based financial system. They also empower our adversaries seeking to build new financial and payment systems intended to diminish the dollar’s role,” the report published by the U.S. Treasury Department said. The Treasury’s report has also called for the U.S. sanctions regime to become more proficient in tracking and seizing digital assets. The report also echoed the administration’s repeated warnings against cryptocurrencies more broadly, which has led to speculation about an executive order aimed at cracking down on crypto. In other words, if the Taliban wants to follow in the crypto footsteps of previous rogue regimes, they may discover it's more trouble than it's worth. link : https://decrypt.co/84071/afghanistan-bitcoin
  6. Thank Ronscarpa. i never thought in my mind that in August 2005, the rate was 0.00068 USD and that means that rate is the same as the current rate right now 1 IQD=0.00068 USD ( 1 USD=1,460 IQD ).
  7. SBY Successfully Undergoes Prostate Cancer Surgery, Now Greet the Public and Thank Jokowi To JK 1 hour ago Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) announced that he has early stage prostate cancer TRIBUNMADURA.COM - The 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has undergone surgery to remove cancer cells in the United States. It is known, SBY had had prostate cancer. Now, it is reported that SBY has undergone surgery and is greeting the public. SBY greeted the public through a video he uploaded on his Facebook page, Susilo Bambang Yuhoyono, Tuesday (23/11/2021). In the video, SBY looks healthy. He appeared wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt and wearing a black vest. SBY said the prostate removal surgery which was carried out 11 days ago had gone well. "Alhamdulillah, I have undergone a medical procedure, a major operation to remove my prostate which contained cancer cells. The prostate removal surgery that I experienced has gone well and smoothly according to the expectations of both the Indonesian doctor team and the Mayo Clinic (US) team of doctors and Of course, it's my own hope," said SBY. Furthermore, SBY said that currently he is still undergoing post-operative recovery. When making the video, SBY stated that he was in control. SBY said that the major surgery he underwent did have a number of risks. Especially for SBY, who is 72 years old, the risk is even greater. However, the removal of the prostate was the best decision agreed by both SBY, the presidential team of doctors and the team of doctors in the US. "This major operation definitely has some risks, I know. Especially at the age of 72, the risks are even greater. But I have made a decision and consulted with the presidential team that this operation is the most appropriate for my condition. The Mayo Clinic also believes that after seeing the results of the cancer pathology in my body, this choice is the right one," he explained. According to SBY, the team of doctors are optimistic that SBY will recover and return to normal. SBY is also committed to following the doctor's advice. Furthermore, SBY then expressed his gratitude to all those who prayed for his recovery. In particular, SBY also expressed his gratitude to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President Maruf Amin. "In particular, I would like to express my infinite gratitude to Mr. President Jokowi and Mr. Vice President Maruf Amin for their care, concern and assistance for the smooth running of my treatment in America," said SBY. Not only that, SBY also expressed his gratitude to the 5th President of the Republic of Indonesia who is also the General Chair of the PDIP, Megawati Soekarnoputri for the prayers given. "I also express my gratitude to Megawati, the 5th President of the Republic of Indonesia for her concern, concern and good prayers for what I am experiencing now," he said. SBY also expressed his gratitude to his former vice presidents, namely Jusuf Kalla and Boediono At the end of the video, SBY states that he will return to his homeland when the recovery process he is undergoing is complete. AHY Reports SBY's Operation Was Successful Previously, it was reported that SBY's operation process was successful Currently, SBY is undergoing postoperative recovery. This was conveyed by SBY's first son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), through his YouTube channel, Agus Yudhoyono, Friday (12/11/2021). According to AHY, SBY arrived at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Minnesota, United States on Thursday (11/11/2021) at around 05.30 local time. SBY's arrival was to undergo surgery. In the video, apart from AHY, accompanied by SBY's second son, Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono (Ibas) and his daughters-in-law, Anissa Pohan and Siti Ruby Aliya Rajasa. Fifteen minutes later, SBY carried out pre-operation measures. After that, at 07.45, SBY underwent surgery. AHY and his family were seen leading the prayer when the operation process started. After that, at around 10:00, Ibas reported that SBY's operation had been completed and was running smoothly. "Thank God, everything went smoothly," said Ibas. According to Ibas, after undergoing surgery, SBY was able to communicate and was only in the recovery stage. Around 12.00, SBY was then transferred from the operating room to the treatment room. Previously reported, SBY went to the United States after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. SBY and his family flew to the US on Wednesday (11/3/2021). SBY's medical expenses are borne by the state Special Staff of the Minister of State Secretary (Mensesneg), Faldo Maldini revealed that the treatment of the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) was borne by the state. Meanwhile, SBY was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and is currently undergoing treatment in the United States. Faldo said that SBY's treatment was borne by the state in accordance with the regulations in Law Number 7 of 1978. "Regarding the treatment of Mr. SBY, there is already a regulation on Law Number 7 of 1978 concerning the medical expenses of heads of state and former heads of state will be borne by the state." "The presidential doctor's facilities are regulated by Presidential Decree No. 18 of 2018, as well as security facilities in Government Regulation No. 59 of 2008." "The regulations already exist, we just have to implement them," said Faldo, quoted from Kompas TV's Youtube show, Monday (11/8/2021). Faldo Maldini when he was a guest on the Rosi Kompas TV show (Capture of Kompas TV Screen) Faldo said that according to the law, SBY's medical expenses cover all existing facilities, including security and the presidential doctor. "Even though President SBY's treatment is abroad, precisely in Minnesota, the United States, of course, it still includes all the facilities contained in the regulations." "That is security and care, including the presidential doctor," explained Faldo. Representing the Palace, Faldo also said that he would continue to monitor developments related to SBY's treatment. He also prayed that SBY could recover soon. "We will continue to monitor how things are progressing. We wish President SBY to recover gradually as we all hoped, we all want good news." "What is clear is that President Jokowi's government guarantees that everything is carried out in accordance with the mandate, applicable laws and regulations," said Faldo.
  8. Treating prostate cancer, SBY undergoes more than two hours of surgery at the Mayo Clinic, United States 12/11/2021 WARTAKOTALIVE, JAKARTA - The 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, United States. Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), SBY's eldest son, conveyed the latest developments in the condition of his father, who had undergone surgery, Thursday (11/11/2021) morning local time. "On Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 07.45 Rochester time, Mr. SBY performed an operation on his health condition at the Mayo Clinic Hospital." "At around 10:00, the operation was declared complete," AHY said in a written statement, Friday (11/12/2021). The chairman of the Democratic Party also stated that before the operation began, he would first lead a prayer for the smooth and easy operation of SBY. AHY was accompanied by his wife, Annisa Larasati Pohan and his younger brother, Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono (wife) along with his wife, Aliya Rajasa, and the presidential team of doctors. AHY said that SBY's friend who was also the former Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Menko Polhukam) Marshal TNI (Ret.) Djoko Suyanto and his wife, had accompanied him since the examination process. AHY said that SBY's operation took more than two hours. He confirmed that the operation went smoothly and that his father's condition was stable. "Alhamdulillah, thanks be to Allah SWT, the operation went smoothly and Mr. SBY is in a stable condition," he explained. Furthermore, AHY said, after undergoing the operation, SBY was immediately taken by ambulance to the treatment and recovery room at St Marys Hospital, which is located within the Mayo Clinic Hospital complex. AHY thanked the wider community for the prayers and attention given to his father's recovery. AHY also asked for prayers so that the sixth President of the Republic of Indonesia could recover soon and be able to carry out activities as usual. "On behalf of the Yudhoyono family, I would like to thank you very much for your attention and the Indonesian people, for your sympathy and good prayers for the recovery of Mr. SBY." "Hopefully Mr. SBY will recover soon in the process of this post-operative treatment period and return to his activities with us," he hoped. Will be treated for 1.5 months The 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) had to undergo treatment in the United States, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Member of the Democratic Party's Upper House, Syarief Hasan, said that SBY would be in Uncle Sam's country for a long period of time. "It's been quite a while, yes, because it requires a check-up, then treatment, check-up again." "Approximately 1.5 months. Yes, you have to be treated, you have to monitor." "The doctor asked to prepare a little time," said Syarief at the Senayan Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Tuesday (2/11/2021). SBY, said Syarief, flew to America with his children, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono. Before leaving, SBY had reported to President Joko Widodo to coordinate about his condition. "He (SBY) is the 6th President, of course his ethics and procedures are good if he reports, coordinates, after all Pak Jokowi must know his condition," he added. Not only President Jokowi, all Democrat cadres have been given information about this. "Hopefully Pak SBY can return to his homeland soon, recover," he hoped. Syarief invited the public to pray for SBY's health. "He will carry out health care as well as health checks in the United States." "The plan is to leave today," said Syarief. The hospital that will treat SBY regarding his illness, said Syarief, is in Minneapolis "It (hospital) specifically for cancer," he explained. He said SBY had early stage prostate cancer. "He is actually healthy. Yesterday I met him, he talked a lot, his health is relatively normal, just a little prostate disorder, and it's still an early symptom," he explained. The Deputy Chairperson of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) said that in the last few years, SBY's indications of these symptoms had increased slightly. "He never takes a break from work, he is still nurturing us, nurturing Democratic cadres." "His activities are quite dense, so at this age of course it must be regulated, lest his health decline," said Syarief. Previously, Ossy Dermawan, SBY's personal staff, said that in the near future SBY will conduct a medical check-up abroad. Based on reports from the team of doctors, SBY was diagnosed with prostate cancer. "It is true that Mr. SBY will soon conduct a medical check-up and treatment abroad." "According to the diagnosis from the team of doctors, Mr. SBY has prostate cancer," said Ossy, Tuesday (2/11/2021). Based on the results of the examination through the MRI method, biopsy, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Specific Membrane Antigen (SMA) Scan and other examinations, according to him, SBY's prostate cancer is still in the early stages. "In accordance with Mr. SBY's current health condition, the team of doctors concludes that all options are open to treat and heal Mr. SBY." "After in-depth consultation with the Indonesian Doctors Team, including senior urologists, it was decided that medical treatment will be carried out in a hospital abroad." "Who has long experience and advanced technology to treat prostate cancer," he explained. He said that communication was carried out between the team of Indonesian doctors and the team of doctors from friendly countries where SBY would undergo treatment, went well, and foreign parties agreed and were willing to treat SBY. The head of the overseas team of doctors communicated directly with SBY (via telemedicine) and had studied all of his health data. In addition, according to his ethics and manners, SBY has called President Jokowi to report the plan for treatment abroad. President Jokowi gave a good response and said that one to two members of the Presidential Doctors Team would assist in the treatment. "We also need to convey that during this time, Mr. SBY continues to carry out his daily activities." "Like waiting for Lavani's volleyball club to practice, paint, read and write, play sports and other activities." "Through this press release, Mr. SBY asks for prayers from his friends in particular, and the Indonesian people in general, so that the medical treatment carried out can run well," said Ossy.
  9. After undergoing surgery to remove prostate cancer, this is SBY's condition now Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 10:30 WIB WE Online, America - The sixth former President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono alias SBY, conveys the good news. He has successfully undergone prostate cancer removal surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, United States. This was conveyed by SBY through his late wife's Instagram on Tuesday (23/11). This was conveyed when he did the control after 11 days ago he did the operation. He said, all operations went smoothly and successfully. "I have undergone medical procedures, major surgery to remove my prostate which contained cancer cells, the prostate removal surgery that I experienced, has gone well and smoothly. In accordance with the expectations of the Indonesian doctor team, as well as the Mayo Clinic team of doctors, and also my own hope," said SBY through his late wife's Instagram video. Even though he has succeeded, SBY still has to undergo recovery and control in Rochester. And when finished, he hopes to return to Indonesia soon. "I'll be in Rochester for a while to recuperate" Not to forget, he also expressed his gratitude for those who prayed for him. "I say thank you, with gratitude and emotion. All the prayers that are conveyed to me so that my treatment goes well." Previously, the news about SBY's prostate cancer was conveyed by SBY's personal staff, Ossy Dermawan. Read also: This is the current condition of SBY through AHY's statement "It is true that Mr. SBY will soon carry out medical check-ups and treatment abroad. According to the diagnosis from the team of doctors, Mr. SBY has prostate cancer," said Ossy. He added that according to SBY's current health condition, the team of doctors decided that all options were open to treat and cure SBY. "It was decided that medical treatment will be carried out at a hospital abroad that has long experience and advanced technology to treat prostate cancer," he said.
  10. Prostate Cancer Surgery Completed, SBY Accompanied by Children and In-laws Friday 12 November 2021 07:57 WIB JAKARTA - The former President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) arrived at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, United States, on Thursday, November 11, 2021. SBY's arrival at the hospital was to carry out surgery on his health condition. "At around 10:00, the operation was declared complete," said SBY's eldest son, Agus Yudhoyono (AHY), as quoted from his personal Instagram, Friday (12/11/2021). He said that he, his wife Annisa and Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono and their wives accompanied him since the initial examination at 05.30, until they took him after the operation to the treatment and recovery room at St Marys Hospital, which is located within the Mayo Clinic Hospital complex. AHY also added, on behalf of Yudhoyono's extended family, thank you very much for the attention of the Indonesian people, for their sympathy and good prayers for SBY's recovery. It is known, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) was diagnosed with prostate cancer. This information was disclosed directly by SBY's personal staff, Ossy Dermawan, Tuesday (2/11/2021) morning. Starting with Community Questions In the press conference, it was stated that many relatives, the public, and journalists had asked about SBY's health condition recently. "In recent days, I, as the personal staff of Mr. SBY, have received many questions from a number of groups, including friends of Mr. SBY, journalists and members of the public, regarding the health of Mr. SBY, the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia," said Ossy Dermawan. Therefore, in order for the public to get correct and accurate information, he will explain everything through a press release. "It is true that Mr. SBY will soon have a medical check-up and treatment abroad. According to the diagnosis from the team of doctors, Mr. SBY has prostate cancer," he continued.
  11. Minister of Health Targets Hospitals in Indonesia Like John Hopkins and Mayo Clinic Nafilah Sri Sagita K - detikHealth Friday, 19 Mar 2021 15:49 WIB Jakarta - Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin targets hospitals in Indonesia to become ASEAN's "Centers of Excellence" to the world. According to Budi, a number of hospitals already have this capacity. "Number one, I want our hospital to be a center of excellence, because the Ministry of Health Hospital is big, it must be a center of excellence, not only in Indonesia, if possible in Asia, if possible in the world," said Budi at a press conference. live on YouTube Ministry of Health Friday (19/3/2021). "Make one a Mayo clinic or a Johns Hopkins, so the point is to go there," he targeted. Budi said it was time for Indonesia to be able to make patients from abroad come to Indonesia because it assessed the capabilities of international hospitals. This is because the competence of doctors in Indonesia is not inferior to doctors abroad, according to Budi. "And we make a program to be able to achieve that dream. Don't let people go to Singapore, Singaporeans go to Indonesia, Australians go to Indonesia, our doctors are good," he explained. "Well, this hospital must have ambitions to go there. Number two to get there must be research based," explained Budi. One thing that Budi highlighted regarding the capabilities of hospitals in Indonesia is research capabilities. According to him, medical research should be reproduced so that it can become a reference for journals in the world, such as the Mayo Clinic. "Mayo Clinic is actually in the middle of nowhere, only because they have strict medical research skills, which is good, so people come there," said Budi. "Because they know that if people want the most advanced treatment, they run there, including rich people in Indonesia," he continued. Budi urged that all hospitals in Indonesia are now obliged to do research. Especially in diseases that have a high prevalence rate in Indonesia. This can be built by starting to cooperate with several educational institutions. "So it must be in a research-based hospital, and each must choose what research is based, and if possible, according to the high prevalence in Indonesia," he continued. "Then thirdly, this government hospital must cooperate with educational institutions, because there we have many researchers who have been paid for by the state because then the ecosystem will be built, because education is based on research," he concluded.
  12. SBY Treats Prostate Cancer to the United States Mayo Clinic Rolando Fransiscus Sihombing - detikNews Tuesday, 02 Nov 2021 13:49 WIB Jakarta - The 6th President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) for prostate cancer treatment to the United States (US). SBY went to the US for treatment accompanied by his family. "He will carry out health care as well as health checks in the US. The plan is to leave today," said member of the Democratic Party's Upper House, Syarief Hasan, at the parliament complex, Senayan, Tuesday (2/11/2021). SBY will go to Minneapolis for treatment. From that area, it's still 1.5 hours to get to the Mayo Clinic. "In the US, in Mayo, yes, near Minneapolis, yes. From Minneapolis, it's another 1.5 hours in Mayo. That's specifically for cancer," said Syarief. Syarief said that SBY would be accompanied by his family to the US. Syarief hopes that SBY will soon recover from prostate cancer. "(Accompanied by) his family, his family, his children also went," said Syarief. Syarief also ensured that the political work of the Democratic Party would not be disrupted. Because it was AHY who directly led the Democratic Party. "No (disturbing Democratic political work), because Mas AHY has taken it directly," he added. It is known that SBY has undergone various examinations, including the MRI method, biopsy, positron emission tomography (PET) specific membrane antigen (SMA) scan, and other examinations. As a result, SBY's prostate cancer is in an early stage. "Prostate cancer suffered by Mr. SBY is still in the early stages. In accordance with Mr. SBY's current health condition, the team of doctors concludes that all options are open to treatment and healing of Mr. SBY," said SBY's personal staff, Ossy Dermawan.
  13. SBY Cancer Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Best Hospital Wanted by Minister of Health Budi Tim Friday 12 November 2021 09:30 WIB Jakarta - The 6th President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) for prostate cancer treatment to the United States (US). SBY went to the US for treatment accompanied by his family. "He will carry out health care as well as health checks in the US. The plan is to leave today," said member of the Democratic Party's Upper House, Syarief Hasan, at the parliament complex, Senayan, Tuesday (2/11/2021). SBY will go to Minneapolis for treatment. From that area, it's still 1.5 hours to get to the Mayo Clinic. "In the US, in Mayo, yes, near Minneapolis, yes. From Minneapolis, it's another 1.5 hours in Mayo. That's specifically for cancer," said Syarief. Syarief said that SBY would be accompanied by his family to the US. Syarief hopes that SBY will soon recover from prostate cancer. "(Accompanied by) his family, his family, his children also went," said Syarief. Syarief also ensured that the political work of the Democratic Party would not be disrupted. Because it was AHY who directly led the Democratic Party. "No (disturbing Democratic political work), because Mas AHY has taken it directly," he added. It is known that SBY has undergone various examinations, including the MRI method, biopsy, positron emission tomography (PET) specific membrane antigen (SMA) scan, and other examinations. As a result, SBY's prostate cancer is in an early stage. "Prostate cancer suffered by Mr. SBY is still in the early stages. In accordance with Mr. SBY's current health condition, the team of doctors concludes that all options are open to treatment and healing of Mr. SBY," said SBY's personal staff, Ossy Dermawan.
  14. Afghanistan banking system could collapse, warns UN 11/22/2021 2:20:33 PM KABUL: The United Nations on Monday warned that Afghanistan's financial system could collapse within months if no urgent action is taken to prop up local banks, amid lower deposits and a cash liquidity crunch pushing more people to poverty. The UN Development Programme, in a three-page report, said the economic cost of a banking system collapse, warning that social fallouts of such a collapse would be colossal. “Afghanistan's financial and bank payment systems are in disarray. The bank-run problem must be resolved quickly to improve Afghanistan's limited production capacity and prevent the banking system from collapsing,” the UNDP report said. “We need to find a way to make sure that if we support the banking sector, we are not supporting Taliban,” Abdallah al Dardari, head of UNDP in Afghanistan, told Reuters. “We are in such a dire situation that we need to think of all possible options and we have to think outside the box. What used to be three months ago unthinkable has to become thinkable now,” he said. Afghanistan's banking system was already vulnerable before the Taliban came to power. But since then development aid has dried up, billions of dollars in Afghan assets have been frozen abroad, and the United Nations and aid groups are now struggling to get enough cash into the country. The UNDP's proposals to save the banking system include a deposit insurance scheme, measures to ensure adequate liquidity for short- and medium-term needs, as well as credit guarantees and loan repayment delay options. “Coordination with the International Financial Institutions, with their extensive experience of the Afghan financial system, would be critical to this process,” UNDP said in its report, referring to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The United Nations has repeatedly warned since the Taliban took over that Afghanistan's economy is on the brink of a collapse that would likely further fuel a refugee crisis. UNDP said that if the banking system fails, it could take decades to rebuild. link : https://menafn.com/1103230720/Afghanistan-banking-system-could-collapse-warns-UN
  15. Afghanistan’s banking system may collapse within months, warns UN November 22, 2021 A file photo of Afghanistan’s central bank. UN urges urgent actions to address Afghanistan’s financial crunch. An abrupt withdrawal of most foreign development support after the Taliban seized power has sent the economy into freefall, says UN report. “We need to find a way to make sure that if we support the banking sector, we are not supporting Taliban,” says UNDP official. Underscoring the need for urgent actions to prop up Afghanistan’s banks, the United Nations Monday warned that a spike in people unable to repay loans, lower deposits and a cash liquidity crunch could cause the financial system to collapse within months. In a three-page report on Afghanistan’s banking and financial system seen by Reuters, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said the economic cost of a banking system collapse – and consequent negative social impact – “would be colossal.” An abrupt withdrawal of most foreign development support after the Taliban seized power on Aug. 15 from Afghanistan’s Western-backed government has sent the economy into freefall, putting a severe strain on the banking system which set weekly withdrawal limits to stop a run on deposits. “Afghanistan’s financial and bank payment systems are in disarray. The bank-run problem must be resolved quickly to improve Afghanistan’s limited production capacity and prevent the banking system from collapsing,” the UNDP report said. Finding a way to avert a collapse is complicated by international and unilateral sanctions on Taliban leaders. “We need to find a way to make sure that if we support the banking sector, we are not supporting Taliban,” Abdallah al Dardari, head of UNDP in Afghanistan, told Reuters. “We are in such a dire situation that we need to think of all possible options and we have to think outside the box,” he said. “What used to be three months ago unthinkable has to become thinkable now.” Afghanistan’s banking system was already vulnerable before the Taliban came to power. But since then development aid has dried up, billions of dollars in Afghan assets have been frozen abroad, and the United Nations and aid groups are now struggling to get enough cash into the country. ‘UNDER THE MATTRESS’ The UNDP’s proposals to save the banking system include a deposit insurance scheme, measures to ensure adequate liquidity for short- and medium-term needs, as well as credit guarantees and loan repayment delay options. “Coordination with the International Financial Institutions, with their extensive experience of the Afghan financial system, would be critical to this process,” UNDP said in its report, referring to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The United Nations has repeatedly warned since the Taliban took over that Afghanistan’s economy is on the brink of a collapse that would likely further fuel a refugee crisis. UNDP said that if the banking system fails, it could take decades to rebuild. The UNDP report said that with current trends and withdrawal restrictions, about 40% of Afghanistan’s deposit base will be lost by the end of the year. It said banks have stopped extending new credit, and that non-performing loans had almost doubled to 57% in September from the end of 2020. “If this rate continues of non-performing loans, the banks may not have a chance to survive in the next six months. And I am being optimistic,” al Dardari said. Liquidity has also been a problem. Afghan banks heavily relied on physical shipments of US dollars, which have stopped. When it comes to the local afghani currency, al Dardari said that while there is about $4 billion worth of afghanis in the economy, only about $500,000 worth is in circulation. “The rest is sitting under the mattress or under the pillow because people are afraid,” he said. As the United Nations seeks to avert famine in Afghanistan, al Dardari also warned about the consequences of a banking collapse for trade finance. “Afghanistan last year imported about $7 billion worth of goods and products and services, mostly foodstuff … If there is no trade finance the interruption is huge,” he said. “Without the banking system, none of this can happen.” link : https://www.news24pk.com/2021/11/22/afghanistans-banking-system-may-collapse-within-months-warns-un/
  16. Salaries not a priority, work must go on’ Tahir Qadiry, who still holds the position of Afghanistan’s Ambassador in Poland, told ThePrint that the diplomats’ situation also depends on the host country and how they treat foreign envoys who face such a crisis back home. Qadiry was posted in India between 2019 and early 2021 and served as Chargé d’affaires at the New Delhi embassy. “The Afghan Embassy in Poland has been functioning like normal. We did not close down even for a day. The host country has been very supportive throughout and we are delivering all kinds of consular services, working every day to help those Afghans who have been evacuated or those who live in this region with their documentation issues,” said Qadiry. “Humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is another serious issue. We are concerned at this moment and are advocating to draw more support. As always, our priority is how we can represent the people of Afghanistan, be their voices and help those in dire need of help at this difficult moment,” he added. Qadiry said while the situation in Afghanistan is unfortunate, diplomats posted abroad owe it to the people back home. “We are the envoys who have presented our credentials to the host countries. The ongoing situation in Afghanistan is very unfortunate. All of us are indebted to our nation, to that country, to that soil, we owe it to our people. Salaries are not a priority when you have bigger duties to deliver at a critical moment,” he said. “We own the embassy’s building, and we have taken several cost-cutting measures to keep the mission functioning. Our sole focus remains on providing consular services to our people as they are going through a difficult time,” he added. Meanwhile, the host countries are also facing a dilemma of sorts. On the one hand, they have not recognised the Taliban, and on the other, they are compelled to have dialogue with them. India has had a dialogue with the Taliban after Kabul’s fall in Doha as well as in Moscow in order to offer humanitarian aid and assistance. Some of the countries are also tacitly supporting the resistance movement and continue to support the diplomats from the former government posted in their respective countries. Taliban’s moves with foreign missions In the absence of international recognition and legitimacy, the Taliban continues to act as if everything is operating normally like before, diplomatic sources told ThePrint. Kabul continues to send memos, press releases, important announcements to all its diplomatic missions but the embassies and consulates continue to reject them. However, the Taliban government is not paying the salaries to any officials posted abroad, and is not even paying those who are working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, according to sources. In some countries like Pakistan, the Taliban has posted one of their officials in the embassy in an “unofficial capacity”. The Taliban in Kabul is also leaving no stone unturned to shore up international support to get recognition as well as access to the $9 billion worth of Afghan Central Bank assets that the US has frozen. They are meeting heads of missions of the countries that still have their embassies running in Kabul as well as special envoys from other countries that have a focus on Afghanistan. On Thursday, the Taliban government said, “Security and full conditions have been created for investment in Afghanistan, from Germany and the Netherlands and the rest of the world.”
  17. Unpaid Afghan diplomats struggle to hold fort, ensure ‘business as usual’ at embassies No country has recognised the Taliban dispensation in Kabul, but Afghan diplomats are operating on their own, offering consular services for their people living abroad. NAYANIMA BASU 22 November, 2021 9:22 am I A file photo of the Afghan embassy in New Delhi | Photo: Facebook/Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan-New Delhi New Delhi: On the surface, it is business as usual. Embassies of Afghanistan in most parts of the world are functioning just like they did before Kabul fell to the Taliban on 15 August. But inside, a different story is unfolding. Not a single country has legitimised the new dispensation in Kabul, but diplomats are operating on their own, offering consular services to Afghans living abroad. However, with Afghanistan on the brink of an economic collapse following the Taliban takeover, these diplomats who were appointed by the former Ashraf Ghani government, are living a dystopian life. They haven’t been paid salaries for five months. There is no formal foreign ministry they report to, no minister to run the show, and, apart from salaries, there are no perks or privileges that come with the job, besides vanishing prospects of career growth. Moreover, while some of them are seeking asylum in the US, Canada and Australia, others are waiting for the resistance movement to start. At the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi, consular services are being carried out for the thousands of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers as well as the expat community living here in India for higher studies, according to a former Afghan diplomat who refused to be identified. The Afghan embassy, located in one of the national capital’s most prime locations, wears a desolate look while people can be seen queuing up at the main gate. The former national flag of Afghanistan, replaced in the country by the Taliban banner, flutters atop the building. “We are committed to run the embassy as many of our people are here and they need help. We will continue to work and not think about what has happened back in our country but I believe eventually we all will have to leave,” said a Delhi-based Afghan diplomat who didn’t wish to be named. According to another Afghan diplomat, the embassy in New Delhi, which boasted a nearly 22-strong diplomatic staff, now has around five-seven members as many have left India since the fall of Kabul. Some left for countries such as the UK, Turkey and other European nations, where their families are living, while some have sought asylum in Australia, Canada and the US. The embassy in India continues to have its own emblem, logo and other stationery while a portrait of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled Kabul the day it was overrun by the Taliban, continues to adorn the walls. After establishing an interim government in Kabul, the Taliban held a video-conference with some of the missions located around the world in September, but the majority of them skipped it, according to Afghan diplomatic sources. While the message was given to them loud and clear, these missions refused to consider the new regime as their government. The diplomat quoted above said they believe the resistance movement spearheaded by Ahmad Massoud, leader of National Resistance Front of Afghanistan and son of slain legendary Afghan fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud, will begin in 2022 and a decision will be taken then. Since the Taliban took control over Panjshir valley, Massoud is believed to be traveling around the world to garner support for his resistance movement. He is currently believed to be in Tajikistan. link : https://theprint.in/diplomacy/unpaid-afghan-diplomats-struggle-to-hold-fort-ensure-business-as-usual-at-embassies/769436/
  18. Afghanistan’s banking system could collapse if not resolved quickly, warns UN The United Nations Development Programme pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan's banking sector due to worsening liquidity problems and a rise in non-performing loans. ELTAF NAJAFIZADA 22 November, 2021 6:50 pm IST A Taliban fighter walks in front of people sitting along a road outside a bank waiting to withdraw money in Kabul, on 4 September, 2021 New Delhi: The United Nations Development Programme warned Monday that Afghanistan’s banking sector risked collapse due to worsening liquidity problems and a rise in non-performing loans, potentially adding further pain to its growing humanitarian crisis. “Afghanistan’s financial and bank payment systems are in disarray,” the UNDP said in the report. A run on bank deposits “must be resolved quickly to improve Afghanistan’s limited production capacity and prevent the banking system from collapsing.” A looming banking crisis adds to the woes of Afghanistan’s collapsing economy since the Taliban retook control of the country more than three months ago. It also comes as the Taliban’s foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, renewed calls on the U.S. to release the frozen funds of some $9 billion or risk triggering a mass refugee exodus. The head of UNDP in Afghanistan, Abdallah al Dardari, said another key challenge is the loss of trade finance capacity given that “a large part of the food imports are financed through the banking system.” The UN and international NGOs need a functioning banking sector to bring in financial aid to address the humanitarian situation, he told Bloomberg News in an interview. The World Food Program earlier said more than half the country’s population face acute hunger. Al Dardari said that Afghanistan will face rampant starvation unless the international community takes urgent action to help with the financial sector. According to the UNDP’s analysis, the ratio of non-performing loans rose to 57% in September, from 30% at the beginning of the year, while total banking deposits are expected to end 2021 at 165 billion afghanis ($1.8 billion), a 40% drop from a year ago. “Under current conditions, the NPL ratio appears to be increasing, which will likely lead to the collapse of MSMEs and the banking sector,” the UNDP said in the report, using the acronym for micro, medium and small enterprises. link : https://theprint.in/world/afghanistans-banking-system-could-collapse-if-not-resolved-quickly-warns-un/770079/
  19. MUST READ Anti-laundering unit goes off-grid, fraying Afghan ties to global finance 'Under the mattress' The UNDP's proposals to save the banking system include a deposit insurance scheme, measures to ensure adequate liquidity for short- and medium-term needs, as well as credit guarantees and loan repayment delay options. "Coordination with the international financial institutions, with their extensive experience of the Afghan financial system, would be critical to this process," UNDP said in its report, referring to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The United Nations has repeatedly warned since the Taliban took over that Afghanistan's economy is on the brink of a collapse that would likely further fuel a refugee crisis. UNDP said that if the banking system fails, it could take decades to rebuild. The UNDP report said that with current trends and withdrawal restrictions, about 40% of Afghanistan's deposit base will be lost by the end of the year. It said banks have stopped extending new credit, and that non-performing loans had almost doubled to 57% in September from the end of 2020. "If this rate continues of non-performing loans, the banks may not have a chance to survive in the next six months. And I am being optimistic," al Dardari said. Liquidity has also been a problem. Afghan banks heavily relied on physical shipments of US dollars, which have stopped. When it comes to the local afghani currency, al Dardari said that while there is about $4 billion worth of afghanis in the economy, only about $500,000 worth is in circulation. "The rest is sitting under the mattress or under the pillow because people are afraid," he said. As the United Nations seeks to avert famine in Afghanistan, al Dardari also warned about the consequences of a banking collapse for trade finance. "Afghanistan last year imported about $7 billion worth of goods and products and services, mostly foodstuff.... If there is no trade finance the interruption is huge," he said. "Without the banking system, none of this can happen." link : https://www.rappler.com/business/united-nations-warning-colossal-collapse-afghanistan-banking-system
  20. UN warns of 'colossal' collapse of Afghan banking system NOV 22, 2021 10:10 PM PHT UNITED NATIONS 'We are in such a dire situation that we need to think of all possible options and we have to think outside the box,' says the head of the United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan The United Nations on Monday, November 22, pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan's banks, warning that a spike in people unable to repay loans, lower deposits, and a cash liquidity crunch could cause the financial system to collapse within months. In a three-page report on Afghanistan's banking and financial system seen by Reuters, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said the economic cost of a banking system collapse – and consequent negative social impact – "would be colossal." An abrupt withdrawal of most foreign development support after the Taliban seized power on August 15 from Afghanistan's Western-backed government has sent the economy into free fall, putting a severe strain on the banking system which set weekly withdrawal limits to stop a run on deposits. "Afghanistan's financial and bank payment systems are in disarray. The bank-run problem must be resolved quickly to improve Afghanistan's limited production capacity and prevent the banking system from collapsing," the UNDP report said. Finding a way to avert a collapse is complicated by international and unilateral sanctions on Taliban leaders. "We need to find a way to make sure that if we support the banking sector, we are not supporting Taliban," Abdallah al Dardari, head of UNDP in Afghanistan, told Reuters. "We are in such a dire situation that we need to think of all possible options and we have to think outside the box," he said. "What used to be three months ago unthinkable has to become thinkable now." Afghanistan's banking system was already vulnerable before the Taliban came to power. But since then development aid has dried up, billions of dollars in Afghan assets have been frozen abroad, and the United Nations and aid groups are now struggling to get enough cash into the country. link : https://www.rappler.com/business/united-nations-warning-colossal-collapse-afghanistan-banking-system
  21. Afghanistan's banking sector is nearing collapse, UN warns By Shabtai Gold // 22 November 2021 A man rides a bike in front of a bank in Kabul, Afghanistan Afghanistan’s banking system is in a deep crisis and risks collapse, according to a report released by the United Nations Development Programme on Monday. “The economic cost of a banking system collapse, with its concomitant negative social consequences, would be colossal,” the report warned. UNDP stressed that a functional banking system is vital for the continuation of many humanitarian programs. “Without the banking sector, there’s no humanitarian solution for Afghanistan,” said Abdallah al-Dardari, UNDP resident representative in Afghanistan, in a statement. Cut off: Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, the country has largely been cut off from much of the global financial system, and assets abroad were frozen. International sanctions have contributed to a severe cash crisis. UNDP said the conditions created “a perfect bank-run scenario.” Bank deposits fell from $2.9 billion last year to $2 billion in September, and a further deterioration is expected, UNDP said. This is compounded by credit markets freezing, as nonperforming loans spiked from about 30% in 2020 to 57% in September. Humanitarian impact: The humanitarian sector’s $606 million “flash appeal” for Afghanistan is now fully funded, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said separately, but the financial crisis is getting in the way. “While humanitarians remain grateful for the generous contribution by the donor community, all commitments have not been translated to actions on the ground as partners continue to face financial system challenges amid the cash and liquidity crisis,” OCHA said. The U.N. called for “blanket humanitarian exemptions” from sanctions for humanitarians and their interlocutors. This includes finding ways to facilitate payments. Record hunger: Food insecurity is getting worse, with the U.N. saying a “record” 22.8 million people — more than half of Afghanistan’s population — will require assistance through March 2022. This marks an increase of about 35% from the same period last year, according to OCHA. link : https://www.devex.com/news/afghanistan-s-banking-sector-is-nearing-collapse-un-warns-102165
  22. Afghanistan's banking system on verge of collapse, warns UNDP report Updated on Nov 23, 2021 06:52 AM IST The report said that Afghanistan's total banking system deposits fell to USD 2 billion in September from USD 2.8 billion at the end of 2020. Afghanistan's total credits fell to USD 307 million in September from USD 33 billion at the end of last year. In picture - Afghan money exchange dealers wait for customers at a money exchange market A new UN report on Monday said Afghanistan's banking and financial systems are on the verge of collapse following the country's takeover by the Taliban. "Afghanistan's financial and bank payment systems are in disarray," the report by UN Development Program (UNDP) said. "The bank-run problem must be resolved quickly to improve Afghanistan's limited production capacity and prevent the banking system from collapsing." Soon after the Taliban assumed power in Kabul, the United States froze Afghanistan's international reserves. This has led to a dramatic shock in the country's financial and payment systems. Currently, the country's central bank could not meet deposit demands, prompting the Taliban to impose withdrawal caps of a maximum of USD 200 per week. The amount was recently increased to USD 400, Sputnik reported. The report said that Afghanistan's total banking system deposits fell to USD 2 billion in September from USD 2.8 billion at the end of 2020. With the current pace and withdrawal restrictions, deposits are projected to fall to USD 1.7 billion by the end of 2021, likely leading to the collapse of Afghanistan's banking sector, the report said. "Without the banking sector, there's no humanitarian solution for Afghanistan," UNDP Resident Representative Abdallah Al Dardari said. "Do we really want to see Afghans completely isolated?" In addition, the country's credit market is also in decline. Total credits fell to USD 307 million in September from USD 33 billion at the end of last year. To prevent the collapse of the country's banking system, UNDP urged for prompt and decisive action, which includes deposit insurance for depositors, adequate liquidity for the banking system and credit guarantees and loan repayment delay options. (ANI) link : https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghanistans-banking-system-on-verge-of-collapse-warns-undp-report-101637628608710.html
  23. Hunger forces Afghans to sell young daughters into marriage “These child marriages are due to economic problems, not any rule imposed by the Sharia,” says senior Taliban official. AFPUpdated 27 Oct, 2021 02:31am Fahima has wept many times since her husband sold their two young daughters into marriage to survive the drought gripping western Afghanistan. Oblivious to the deal, six-year-old Faristeh and 18-month-old Shokriya sit by her side in a mud-brick and tarpaulin shelter for displaced people. “My husband said if we don't give away our daughters, we will all die because we don't have anything to eat,” Fahima said of the choice now facing thousands of Afghan families. “I feel bad giving away my daughters for money.” The oldest commanded a bride price of $3,350 and the toddler $2,800 — to be paid in instalments over several years until the time comes to join their new families, their future husbands still minors themselves. Child marriage has been practised in Afghanistan for centuries, but war and climate change-related poverty have driven many families to resort to striking deals earlier and earlier in girls' lives. This Oct 14 picture shows children Farishteh (R) and Shokriya (2L) which were recently sold to the families of their future husbands, sitting with their father outside a tent at the Shamal Darya Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Qala-i-Naw, Badghis Province. — AFP Boys' parents can drive a harder bargain and secure younger girls, spacing out the repayments. The World Food Program warned on Monday that more than half the population of Afghanistan, around 22.8 million people, will face acute food insecurity from November. In Qala-i-Naw, capital of the western province of Badghis — one of the regions worst affected by the drought — there is shame and grief. Village and displaced people's camp leaders say the numbers of young girls getting betrothed started to rise during a 2018 famine and surged this year when the rains failed once more. Among farmers driven from their homes, AFP journalists quickly found more than a dozen families who felt forced to sell their daughters into marriage. Grocery debt Fahima's 25-year-old neighbour in the camp, Sabehreh, ran up a bill at a grocer's shop to feed her family. The business owner warned that they would be jailed if they could not repay him. This Oct 14 picture shows Sabehreh (R) with her daughter Zakereh, who is betrothed to the grocer's four-year-old son to cover the family's debt, sitting at the Zaimat IDP camp in Badghis Province. — AFP To cover the debt, the family agreed that their three-year-old daughter, Zakereh, would be betrothed to the grocer's four-year-old son, Zabiuallah. The infants are ignorant of their future fate, the shopkeeper having elected to wait until the pair are older before taking charge of the girl's upkeep. “I'm not happy to have done that, but we had nothing to eat or drink,” Sabehreh told AFP. “If this continues, we'll have to give up our three-month-old,” she said, sitting by the iron cradle holding the sleeping infant, as the first chills of winter penetrated the bleak camp. Another neighbour, Gul Bibi, confirmed that many families in the camp had resorted to child marriage. Her own daughter Asho, aged eight or nine, is betrothed to a 23-year-old man to whose family Gul Bibi was indebted. The young man is away in nearby Iran, and she dreads the day of his return. This Oct 14 picture shows Asho (R), a little girl betrothed to a 23-year-old man to whose family was indebted, sitting outside a tent at the Shamal Darya IDP camp in Qala-i-Naw, Badghis Province. — AFP “We know it's not right, but we don't have the choice,” commented Hayatullah, a passer-by who overheard the mother's sad tale. 'Never seen them since' In another Qala-i-Naw camp, Mohammad Assan wiped back his tears as he showed AFP photos of his girls, Siana, nine, and Edi Gul, six, now living far away with their young grooms. “We've never seen them since,” he said. “We didn't want to do that, but we had to feed our other children.” Like many others, Assan and his family sought shelter in the temporary camp during the fierce fighting in recent years as the now victorious Taliban clawed back control of the country from the US-backed government. “My daughters are surely better off over there, with food to eat,” he reasoned, trying to console himself as he showed AFP the crusts of bread his neighbours spared for him. Assan's wife is sick and he has medical bills to pay, so he has already begun looking for a suitor for his remaining four-year-old daughter. “Some days I go crazy,” his wife Dad Gul said, “I leave the tent and I don't really know where I'm going.” The mothers' grief is long and open-ended: the hard decision to bargain away a child, the months or years waiting for her departure, then the pain of separation. This Oct 17 picture shows Habibeh, a girl, carrying a jerrycan filled with water near tents at the Zaimat IDP camp in Qala-i-Naw, Badghis Province. Rabia, a 43-year-old widow, has done everything to push back the fateful day. Her daughter, Habibeh, has turned 12 and should have gone to join her future spouse's family a month ago, but she begged them for another year together. “I want to stay with my mother,” whispered the skinny child. Rabia would refund the 550 dollars she received for Habibeh's hand if she could afford to feed the rest of her family. 'Save my sons' Her 11-year-old boy earns 50 cents a day working for a baker, her nine-year-old picks up trash for 30. The children are black with filth, living in a ragged tent. It will be a hard winter. “As a mother, my heart is broken, but I have to save my sons,” she explained. This picture taken on Oct 17, 2021 shows Abdul Rahim Akbar, camp elder of the IDP camp speaking during an interview with AFP in Qala-i-Naw, Badghis Province. Camp elder Abdul Rahim Akbar does what he can to save his neighbours from having to make the awful choice, distributing a small ration of bread to the poorest families. He has seen many fathers sell their daughters, including his own brother. He has even been to see the area's new Taliban authorities to seek their assistance. The Taliban's interim governor for Badghis province, Maulvi Abdul Sattar, told AFP: “These child marriages are due to economic problems, not to any rule imposed by the Islamic emirate, or the Sharia.” Even in camps outside drought-hit Badghis, child marriage is growing. Outside Herat, the country's third-biggest city, fathers have to harden their hearts. This picture taken on October 17, 2021 shows men sitting at an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Qala-i-Naw, Badghis Province. — AFP “I sold my 10-year-old girl. I never would have done it if I had the choice,” said landless farmer Allahudin, admitting that if he could find a taker he'd also sell his five-year-old. But behind the blunt talk, there is grief and shame at their failure to provide for their families and keep them together. “I know it's not good,” said Baz Mohammad, “But I thought we were all going to die. “ Header image: The Oct 17, 2021 picture shows Habibeh (L), a girl which lives with her mother Rabia (R) but should have gone to join her future spouse's family a month ago, sitting inside a tent at the Zaimat Internally Displaced People camp in Qala-i-Naw, Badghis Province. — AFP link : https://www.dawn.com/news/1654162
  24. DRAGGED AWAY Harrowing moment Afghan dad is forced to sell daughter, 9, as bride to 55-year-old buyer as he begs him not to beat her Jon Rogers 14:46 ET, Nov 2 2021 Updated: 15:50 ET, Nov 2 2021 THIS is the harrowing moment an Afghan dad was forced to sell his nine-year-old daughter as a child bride so he could buy food for his family. Parwana Malik was sold to Qorban, 55, who she described as an “old man” because of his white beard and eyebrows. 3 Qorban (right) grabs hold of his new nine-year-old bride after he paid her father (left) 3 The girl dragged her feet as she was escorted away from her home in Afghanistan 3 Parwana was sold to the 55-year-old man so her family could buy food As the man was leading her away, Parwana’s dad Abdul Malik pleaded with him not to hurt his child. Abdul broke down in tears as he told Qorban: “This is your bride. Please take care of her. You are responsible now, please don’t beat her,” according to a CNN report. Parwana’s family said they had no choice in selling their daughter and are just one of many families in Afghanistan who are destitute and are forced to sell their young daughters into marriage so they can survive. The Malik family have been living in an Afghan displacement camp in the north western Badghis province and have been surviving on humanitarian aid and earning a meagre living doing menial work. The situation though deteriorated following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August and the virtual collapse of the country’s economy. Abdul was forced to sell Parwana’s 12-year-old sister months ago in order to help his family survive. link : https://www.the-sun.com/news/3984348/afghan-dad-sell-daughter-child-bride-food/
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