The Israel Foreign Ministry on Tuesday announced a donation of $500,000 to the United Nations for food, medical aid and other assistance for Afghan refugees who fled to Tajikistan.
Director General of the Ministry, Alon Ushpiz said Israel is proud to be part of the international effort to help Afghans who fled from the Taliban takeover of the country in August.
According to Ushpiz, the aid is part of Israel’s commitment to the international community.
The donation comes when the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) requested US$4.44 billion aimed at reaching 22.1 million Afghans in need of life-saving humanitarian support due to the consequences of decades of conflict, recurrent natural disasters, and lack of recovery from past disasters.
According to OCHO, the situation worsened after the takeover of the government by the Taliban, and the subsequent sudden pause in international assistance that resulted in economic meltdown.
The increase in the number of people to be reached with assistance, up from 17.7 million in 2021, is largely driven by the sharp increase in the number of people in acute food insecurity, the broad-based collapse in economic conditions and availability of basic services, OCHO said in a statement.
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