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USAID announces over USD 308 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan

ANI | Updated: Jan 12, 2022 04:28 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], January 12 (ANI): United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the United States government's initial 2022 contribution of more than USD 308 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan.
According to the USAID release, President Joe Biden has been clear that humanitarian assistance will continue to flow directly to the Afghan people and the United States remains the single largest provider of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.
"This contribution reflects a continued scale-up of US humanitarian assistance in alignment with an unwavering commitment to aiding vulnerable Afghans, and this new funding brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and to Afghan refugees in the region to nearly USD 782 million since October 2020," it said.
Today, the UN launched its Afghanistan humanitarian response plan with the world's largest humanitarian funding appeal ever. The new contribution from the US envisages providing life-saving aid for the most vulnerable, including women, girls, minority populations, and people with disabilities.
Earlier, the assistance includes food and nutrition assistance; support for health care facilities and mobile health teams; winterization programs--including the provision of emergency cash grants, shelter kits, heaters, blankets, and warm clothing.
Further, USAID in its statement appealed to the Afghanistan government to allow workers, especially women to permit independently and securely.
Also, USAID reemphasized it will work to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people and call on other donors to continue to contribute to this international response. (ANI)