A high-profile British aid agency says the United States is spending too little on humanitarian work in Afghanistan.
Oxfam also says that too much of the money that Washington does spend on aid goes toward the high salaries of expatriate employees.
A report prepared by Oxfam says the U.S. Agency for International Development has spent some $4.4 billion on aid in Afghanistan since 2002.
But it says that figure is dwarfed by U.S. military spending that totals some $35 billion in 2007 alone.
Oxfam also says that just like in Iraq, too much aid is absorbed by profits of companies and subcontractors and on high expatriate salaries and living costs.
Oxfam’s report, which was prepared for a committee of the British parliament, calls for "urgent action" to avert humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan. Its says millions of rural Afghans face "severe hardship comparable with sub-Saharan Africa.",,,