EU allocates 12 million Euros to aid partners in Afghanistan

KABUL (TOLOnews): The European Union has allocated 12 million euros to its partners the Aga Khan Foundation, the Danish Refugee Council and the Rehabilitation Association and Agriculture Development for Afghanistan in support of vulnerable Afghans, the EU Delegation to Afghanistan said in a statement.
“Altogether, the action will directly benefit over 70,000 individuals (of which 62% are women) and close to 500,000 household members across seven provinces, including Bamyan, Baghlan, Samangan, Badakhshan, Takhar, Herat and Farah,” the statement said.
TOLOnews interviewed two vulnerable women who are engaged in hazardous work to support their families. Sabza Gul and Naseema are working as laborers. “I have six daughters and one son in the family. He has a mental disorder. He is working but cannot work properly… I don’t have access to water and electricity,” Sabza Gul said.
“We want to be helped. Working here is not enough. We hope our problems will be addressed,” Naseema said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy said that there is a need for more aid to help the people of Afghanistan. “We welcome the new aid package of the European Union and call on all of the international organizations particularly the Islamic organizations to not stop aid to the people of Afghanistan and also to provide development aid to Afghanistan, said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy Minister of Economy.
The EU Chargée d’Affaires a.i. at the EU Delegation to Afghanistan, Raffaella Iodice, said that the climate change in Afghanistan is expected to exacerbate the situation.
“In Afghanistan, millions go hungry while climate change is expected to exacerbate the situation for many Afghans, especially women. The European Union – together with its partners – stands by the Afghan people. Investment into sustainable food production, climate-smart agriculture and resilient infrastructure makes a real difference to the lives of Afghans today and in the future” Iodice was quoted in the statement.
“It has been several decades that aid has been provided to the people of Afghanistan but there has been no work on infrastructural projects,” said Adul Baseer Tarakai, an economist. A recent OCHA report said that the estimated number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan has increased to “28.8 million (up from 28.3 million at the beginning of 2023).”