The United States on Tuesday announced $308 million in new humanitarian aid for Afghanistan.
It came as the United Nations launched a record appeal to the people of Afghanistan, warning that half of the country’s population was facing acute hunger.
US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horn said in a statement that aid would go directly to “independent humanitarian organizations” from the US Agency for International Development.
USAID said in its own statement on Tuesday that the money would go specifically to support food and nutrition support, health care facilities and mobile health efforts, ensure aid workers and supplies can reach hard-to-reach areas, and help people in need. Programs to help people survive the cold such as shelter kits, heaters, blankets and warm clothing.
“The United States is committed to helping the people of Afghanistan,” USAID said. “However, for this assistance to be most effective, all support workers, especially women, should be allowed to work freely and safely and be able to reach women and girls without any hindrance. The United States continues to urge the Taliban to allow humanitarian access, safe conditions for humanitarians, free provision of aid to all vulnerable, and freedom of movement for aid workers of all genders.
In addition to declaring its own contribution, the United States urged other countries to contribute as well.
The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has worsened since the withdrawal of US-led coalition forces in August and the subsequent suspension of international aid to the Afghan government with the Taliban’s takeover of the country.
The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution in late December exempting some humanitarian aid activities from US sanctions against the Taliban in an effort to get aid to Afghan people without relief funds that benefit the Taliban. To be.