Considering $64 million of new funding, the amount of assistance will be almost $330 million this fiscal year alone.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the United States is allocating about $ 64 million in new humanitarian aid to victims of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Taking into account this amount, the total amount of humanitarian assistance allocated by Washington to Afghanistan and Afghan refugees in the region since 2002 has reached almost $ 4 billion. As the Secretary of State recalled, the United States is the largest humanitarian donor to Afghanistan. This fiscal year alone, the volume of aid will amount to almost 330 million dollars.
As Blinken explained, this assistance will come through independent humanitarian organizations, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 18.4 million vulnerable Afghans in the region, including refugees, will receive assistance.
“This funding will provide them with vital protection, housing, livelihoods, necessary medical care, emergency food assistance, water, sanitation, and hygiene services to meet the needs that have arisen as a result of the recent conflict and exacerbated by severe drought and other natural disasters and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” Blinken stressed.
“We thank the host countries for their continued commitment to the Afghan people and urge them to leave their borders open to Afghans seeking international protection. We are working with our partners to help host countries in their efforts,” he added.
“The United States has for many years given priority to supporting Afghan refugees, returning refugees, and other displaced persons, and our continued commitment is obvious. We remain engaged, using the full range of diplomatic, economic, and humanitarian tools to support the peaceful and stable future that the Afghan people want and deserve.”
“The United States will also work with the international community to make sure that the Taliban are fulfilling their obligations and to ensure unhindered humanitarian access, freedom of movement for humanitarian workers of all genders, the safety of humanitarian personnel, and unhindered movement for anyone wishing to leave Afghanistan. We will continue to insist that the Taliban respect the rights and freedoms of women and girls, and we remain committed to preserving the achievements that Afghans, especially women, have achieved over the past 20 years.”
“We will actively support all vulnerable groups in Afghanistan, including women, children, journalists, and people with disabilities, representatives of LGBT+ and members of ethnic and religious minorities. We welcome the contribution of other donors to this international effort and urge others to generously support the urgent humanitarian needs of Afghanistan and continue to support the Afghan people.”