An international aid group warned Wednesday that Afghanistan is on the brink of complete collapse as the Biden administration and European governments refuse to release the war-torn nation\u0026#039;s central bank reserves, depriving the economy of critical funds as millions face poverty and starvation.\r\n\r\nIn a statement ahead of an international donor conference for Afghanistan, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said the country \u0022is now the world\u0026#039;s largest-ever humanitarian appeal, requiring a staggering US$4.47 billion in humanitarian aid—quadruple the needs at the start of 2021 and more than is required for either Syria or Yemen.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022With each week that goes by, more Afghans are forced to resort to the unimaginable to survive.\u0022\r\n\r\nSince the Taliban retook power last August following two decades of U.S.-led warfare, IRC noted, \u0022the speed of Afghanistan\u0026#039;s economic collapse has been unprecedented.\u0022 Following the withdrawal of American troops, the Biden administration froze billions of dollars in Afghan central bank assets held in the U.S. despite warnings that the move would push the country closer to full-scale economic ruin.\r\n\r\nLast month, U.S. President Joe Biden issued an executive order aiming to permanently seize Afghanistan\u0026#039;s assets and split them between the families of 9/11 victims and an ill-defined \u0022trust fund\u0022 for Afghans. Blocked from accessing its own reserves, Kabul has struggled to afford even the import taxes on containers of badly needed food.\r\n\r\nMoreover, the Biden administration has left in place crippling economic sanctions that could kill more civilians than 20 years of war, according to one analyst.\r\n\r\nEuropean governments and international institutions also took punitive steps following the Taliban\u0026#039;s return to power, suspending financing for projects in Afghanistan and leaving humanitarian groups on the ground without the resources needed to help the growing number of sick and malnourished Afghans.\r\n\r\n\u0022Afghans that could support themselves and their families six months ago are now entirely dependent on aid,\u0022 IRC said Wednesday. \u0022With each week that goes by, more Afghans are forced to resort to the unimaginable to survive: since August, the number of Afghans resorting to negative coping capacities has risen sixfold, such as selling young daughters into marriage, pulling children out of school to work, selling organs, skipping meals, or taking on high levels of debt.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe New York Times reported Tuesday that Afghans desperate for cash to feed their families are turning to \u0022backbreaking work\u0022 in the notoriously dangerous mines of northern Afghanistan. Some toiling in the mines are as young as 10 years old, according to the newspaper.\r\n\r\nUNICEF recently warned that more than a million Afghan children will need treatment for severe acute malnutrition this year and 13 million kids in total will need humanitarian assistance.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDavid Miliband, IRC\u0026#039;s president and CEO, said Wednesday that the actions of the international community have pushed Afghanistan toward \u0022total collapse.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We are risking the future of an entire generation that now lacks both adequate nutrition and a proper education.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022If the Afghan economy is not resuscitated, the severity of the current humanitarian crisis will only deepen, with dire consequences for life and limb of ordinary Afghans,\u0022 said Miliband. \u0022Further economic distress will only mean greater displacement, greater insecurity, and greater misery.\u0022\r\n\r\nMiliband urged countries and humanitarian groups participating in Thursday\u0026#039;s donor conference to ramp up aid to Afghanistan, but stressed that such charity work \u0022only addresses the symptoms rather than the drivers of a failing economy.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Afghanistan urgently requires a roadmap for international engagement to address the economic crisis, including benchmarks for the release of frozen Afghan assets to the central bank,\u0022\u0026nbsp;Miliband argued. \u0022In the immediate term, this will require donors and financial institutions to help rebuild the capacity of the central bank to operate independently, adhere to international banking standards, and manage the Afghan economy.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The urgent work to stave off famine and preventable deaths in the coming weeks and months should not crowd out the important work to halt the trajectory of this crisis and stabilize the economy,\u0022 he continued. \u0022Until these measures are taken, Afghan civilians will continue to pay for the transgressions of others with their own lives and suffering.\u0022\r\n\r\nWelthungerhilfe, a Germany-based humanitarian nonprofit, voiced similar fears on Tuesday, pointing out that 95% of the Afghan population \u0022no longer has adequate nutrition\u0022—a crisis exacerbated by Russia\u0026#039;s war on Ukraine, which has pushed up commodity prices and intensified supply chain disruptions.\r\n\r\n\u0022Afghanistan is in free fall,\u0022 said Thomas ten Boer, Welthungerhilfe\u0026#039;s director in Kabul. \u0022The sanctions are crushing the economy and preventing money from entering the country. Agricultural production will continue to plummet because farmers cannot purchase seeds or fertilizer due to drastic price hikes.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We are risking the future of an entire generation that now lacks both adequate nutrition and a proper education,\u0022 he added.