US Declares Over $266 Million In New Humanitarian Assistance For Afghanistan

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The United States will be giving over $266 million in new humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. This will take its total aid to $3.9 billion since 2002 provided to Afghanistan.

This will enable America’s humanitarian partners to provide relief to almost 18 million Afghan’s who require it along with 4.8 million who are internally displaced.

Around 1,15,000 people have been displaced due to conflicts in Afghanistan and nearly 5,00,000 people have returned since then in need of aid.

This will help provide lifesaving protection, shelter, livelihoods opportunities, essential health care, emergency food aid, water, sanitation, and hygiene services to fill up the needs created by COVID-19.

It will also protect affected communities like women and girls who face particular risks, including gender-based violence.

They have lauded Afghan’s effort to host the worlds biggest refugee populations and has urged other countries to open their borders to Afghan refugees seeking asylum and pour in donations to cater for their needs.

As the United States withdraws its military bases from Afghanistan, it pledges to continue its diplomatic and political ties with the nation and is hopeful that the Taliban and the Afghan government will soon negotiate a ceasefire to bring much-needed peace to the nation.