US pledges $204m in humanitarian aid for Afghans

KABUL (Tolo News): The Unites States pledged to provide nearly $204 million in humanitarian assistance to help the people of Afghanistan. The pledge was made at the high-level “Pledging Event on Supporting the Humanitarian Response in Afghanistan.”
The US Department of State said that this new funding includes nearly $134 million from the Department of State and more than $70 million from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), continuing America’s commitment to the Afghan people. According to the statement, the current amount will bring the total amount to more than $720 million since August 2021.
“This assistance from the United States will support the scaled-up humanitarian response in Afghanistan and neighboring countries through independent humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), by funding the efforts and activities outlined in both the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan and 2022 Afghanistan Situation Regional Refugee Response Plan. “ said statement.
The statement adds that US will remain committed to supporting the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people, and to continue to press the Islamic Emirate leadership to abide by its commitments to respect the human rights of all of Afghanistan’s citizens, including the right of Afghan girls to receive an education. The US Department of State stated that the reversal of this commitment by the rulers of Afghanistan will profoundly harm the Afghan people, the country’s economic growth, and the Islamic Emirates’ ambition to improve their relations with the international community. Meanwhile, the US welcomes the pledges made by other donors.