As the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan Grows, the United States Has Pledged $308 Million in Relief.
Since the Taliban took control of the nation about five months ago, the country has been on the verge of a humanitarian disaster. The White House has pledged $308 million in extra humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan.
According to Emily Horne, the White House spokesperson, new US Agency for International Development funding will be channelled through a variety of humanitarian organisations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies.
Since the Taliban took control, Afghanistan’s long-struggling economy has been in free fall. The international community provided about 80% of the previous Afghan government’s budget. Now that money has been shut off, it was used to pay for everything from hospitals to schools to factories to government departments.
Extinction has been compounded by the COVID-19 epidemic, lack of health care and food shortages due to the drought.
“All assistance workers, especially women,… to function autonomously and safely” as humanitarian organisations seek to help people in need,” USAID wrote in a letter to the Taliban.
U.S. officials are still urging the Taliban to enable unimpeded humanitarian access, safe circumstances for humanitarians, independent provision of assistance to all vulnerable populations, and freedom of movement for aid workers of all genders.
A total of more than $780 million in humanitarian aid has been provided by the United States to Afghanistan since the conclusion of the 20-year war in August. More than a quarter of Afghanistan’s 38 million people are at risk of starvation, according to the United Nations.
A further 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be sent to Afghanistan under COVAX, a World Health Organization project aimed at increasing vaccination accessibility. The U.S. has already provided 4.3 million doses to Afghanistan, which has been unable to stop the pandemic’s relentless advance.
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Afghan government assets in the United States and overseas were frozen when the Taliban gained control of the country midway through August. International financing to Afghanistan was halted.
U.S. policy of not recognising the Taliban administration, which ran Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, has left Western countries in a predicament as to how to offer significant help without providing legitimacy to the Taliban or directly putting money into its hands.
Poverty has grown as a result of a lack of resources. Workers for the government, such as physicians, teachers, and other public sector workers are now without pay. The amount of money that account users can withdraw has been controlled by banks.
The world community has been urged by the Taliban to provide finances and assist avert a humanitarian catastrophe.