WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The White House has announced $308 million in additional humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, offering new aid to the country as it approaches a humanitarian crisis since its takeover by the Taliban. About five months ago.
White House spokeswoman Emily Horn said in a statement on Tuesday that the new aid from the US Agency for International Development will flow through independent humanitarian organizations and will be used to provide shelter, health care, winter aid, emergency food aid, water, sanitation and sanitation services.
The country’s long troubled economy It has been in trouble since the Taliban came to power. About 80% of the budget of the previous government of Afghanistan came from the international community. That money, now cut, financed hospitals, schools, factories and government ministries.
desperate for such basic needs further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic As well as lack of health care, drought and malnutrition.
USAID called on the Taliban to allow “all aid workers, especially women … to work freely and safely” as humanitarian groups seek to aid those suffering.
“The United States continues to urge the Taliban to allow continued humanitarian access, safe conditions for humanitarian people, free provision of aid to all vulnerable people, and freedom of movement for aid workers of all genders,” the agency said in a statement. Is.”
US humanitarian aid to Afghanistan exceeds $780 million in new aid since the chaotic end of the 20-year-old war in August. UN says 22% of Afghanistan’s 38 million people are living near famine And another 36% are facing acute food insecurity.
In addition, the White House promised that it would launch the COVAX . Will send 1 million additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to Afghanistan via, an initiative by the World Health Organization to improve access to vaccines. With the new influx of doses, the US would have sent 4.3 million doses to Afghanistan, which has struggled to cope with the unrelenting pandemic.
International funding to Afghanistan was suspended after the Taliban took control of the country in mid-August and the country’s billions of dollars of assets abroad, mostly in the United States, were frozen.
US and international community’s decision not to recognize Taliban government, which ruled from 1996 to 2001 with a strict interpretation of Islamic law, has raised a question mark for Western powers about providing substantial aid to the Taliban without legitimizing them or putting money directly into their hands.
The lack of funds has exacerbated poverty, and aid groups have warned of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe. State employees, from doctors to teachers and administrative civil servants, have not been paid for months. Meanwhile, banks have restricted how much money account holders can withdraw.
Taliban calls on international community to release funds And help avoid humanitarian disaster.