The Taliban have inherited databases and technology that could be used to identify people linked to previous regimes or international forces, or members of persecuted groups who have received aid.
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What lessons should humanitarians take away from the past 20 years in Afghanistan? Was the role of Western aid agencies helpful or hurtful? Were they impartial or complicit?
In its rush to help Afghanistan, the humanitarian world risks superimposing costly, parallel systems that ignore what already exists: a functioning public health sector, Afghan NGOs waiting for support, and aid agencies that have operated amid a complex crisis for years. The West always acts like it knows better at the cost of local empowerment.