US Sending $64M Afghanistan Humanitarian Aid

The United States on Monday said it would provide $64 million in new humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan after the United Nations (UN) issued an emergency call for $600 million aid.

The funding was from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. State Department and would flow through U.N. and independent aid groups.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US aid would circumvent the Taliban and directly provide relief to vulnerable Afghans with much-needed food, health care, medical supplies, and others.

“For assistance to be effective, we will need an environment conducive to the principled delivery of aid, including the ability for both female and male aid workers to operate freely,” Blinken said

In addition, USAID created a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) based outside Afghanistan to run the U.S. government’s response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis, The Hill reported.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the international community to offer a “lifeline” to millions of vulnerable Afghans.

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