Monday, October 3, 2022

US to Allocate $ 144 Million to Afghanistan for Humanitarian Aid

On Thursday, the United States announced that it is providing about $ 144 million in new humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, where millions of people could face severe hunger this winter if aid does not arrive soon.

National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horn said in a statement that U.S. aid will be channeled through independent organizations that provide support directly to more than 18.4 million vulnerable Afghans, including Afghan refugees in neighboring countries.

“Our partners provide life-saving protection, shelter, livelihoods, essential health services, winterization assistance, emergency food aid, water, sanitation and hygiene in response to growing humanitarian needs, exacerbated by medical shortages, drought, malnutrition and looming threat. winter, said Horn.

An Afghan woman begs at a market in the Old City of Kabul, Afghanistan, September 14, 2021. A month after the fall of Kabul, the question arises of how the world will get help for its citizens without enriching the Afghan Taliban rulers.

She noted that thanks to the additional funding, the total amount of US humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and Afghan refugees in the region will reach almost $ 474 million in 2021, the largest volume of aid from any country.

The United Nations said more than four decades of deadly conflict and recurring natural disasters have led to a protracted food crisis in Afghanistan.

Humanitarian needs have risen to unprecedented levels, and more than half of the 40 million population of the conflict-torn country, a record 22.8 million, will “face acute food insecurity from November,” UN agencies warned earlier this week.

FILE - In this archived photo, dated September 15, 2021, an Afghan woman holds her 5-month-old daughter, Samina, in the malnutrition unit of the Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

FILE – In this archived photo, dated September 15, 2021, an Afghan woman holds her 5-month-old daughter, Samina, in the malnutrition unit of the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

At risk, they said, 3.2 million children under the age of 5 are expected to be severely malnourished by the end of the year.

US and Western troops withdrew from Afghanistan in August after 20 years of fighting, leading to the fall of the Afghan government in front of Taliban insurgents.

The return to power of the Islamist Taliban has prompted financial sanctions against Kabul by the United States and other countries over human rights and terrorism concerns.

The sanctions blocked the group’s access to an estimated $ 10 billion in Afghan assets held primarily by the US Federal Reserve, raising the likelihood of an economic crisis in Afghanistan.

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