Under the Lead Inspector General framework, the Inspectors General for the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development conduct oversight of and report on the overseas contingency operation "Operation Enduring Sentinel" and "Operation Freedom's Sentinel." This report also discusses the planned, ongoing, and completed oversight work conducted by the Lead IG agencies and our partner oversight agencies during the quarter.
During the reporting period, high food prices, inflation, drought, and flooding contributed to a worsening situation of food insecurity, with approximately 24 million of Afghanistan’s 39 million people in need of food assistance as of August 31. The cost of a minimum food basket was approximately 22 percent higher than the same time last year, resulting in reduced household purchasing power as the winter months approached. On September 23, State and USAID announced nearly $327 million in new humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan. However, humanitarian workers faced increased access impediments during the quarter, including threats, theft of property, arrests, injuries, and death. Female aid workers in particular faced harassment, intimidation, and mistreatment by the Taliban, including requirements that women be accompanied by a male guardian and adhere to strict dress codes.