Biden Administration To Give $308M of US Funds to Afghanistan for “Humanitarian Assistance”

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The White House has announced $308 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan, offering new aid to the country as it edges toward a humanitarian crisis since the Taliban takeover nearly five months ago.

White House spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement Tuesday that the new aid from the U.S. Agency for International Development will flow through independent humanitarian organizations and will be used to provide shelter, health care, winterization assistance, emergency food aid, water, sanitation and hygiene services.

The country’s long-troubled economy has been in a tailspin since the Taliban takeover. Nearly 80% of Afghanistan’s previous government’s budget came from the international community. That money, now cut off, financed hospitals, schools, factories, and government ministries.

Desperation for such basic necessities has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as health care shortages, drought and malnutrition.

The USAID called on the Taliban to allow “all aid workers, especially women … to operate independently and securely” as humanitarian groups look to assist those suffering.

“The United States continues to urge the Taliban to allow unhindered humanitarian access, safe conditions for humanitarians, independent provision of assistance to all vulnerable people, and freedom of movement for aid workers of all genders,” the agency said in a statement.

The new aid brings U.S. humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan to more than $780 million since the chaotic ending of the 20-year-old war in August. The United Nations says 22% of Afghanistan’s 38 million people are living near famine and another 36% are facing acute food insecurity.

In addition, the White House pledged that it would send Afghanistan 1 million additional COVID-19 vaccine doses through COVAX, an initiative by the World Health Organization to improve access to vaccines. With the new influx of doses, the U.S. will have sent 4.3 million doses to Afghanistan, which has struggled to deal with the unrelenting pandemic.

International funding to Afghanistan was suspended and billions of dollars of the country’s assets abroad, mostly in the United States, were frozen after the Taliban took control of the country in mid-August.

The decision by the U.S. and the international community not to recognize the Taliban government, which governed with a strict interpretation of Islamic law when it was in control from 1996 to 2001, has created a quandary for Western powers about how to provide enough aid without giving the Taliban legitimacy or putting money directly into its hands.

The lack of funding has led to increased poverty, and aid groups have warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe. State employees, from doctors to teachers and administrative civil servants, haven’t been paid in months. Banks, meanwhile, have restricted how much money account holders can withdraw.

The Taliban have called on the international community to release funds and help stave off a humanitarian disaster.

Original Article: https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/us-afghanistan-380-million-aid/2022/01/11/id/1051851/

8 Comments
  1. John R. DeJulius says

    “Humanitarian Assistance”, What a line of BS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just MORE PAYOFFS to the Taliban !!!!!!!!
    The “LITTLE PEOPLE” will NEVER SEE A DIME of it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. George says

      Agreed…Democrats still Aiding and Abetting the enemy. Using the word Humanitarian. What BS

  2. Larry Bowling says

    Biden and company surely cannot be serious about handing over 308 Million Dollars to Afghanistan (which is now totally controlled by the Taliban). This is actually giving the Taliban 308 Million Dollars to use to fight against our country. This is after we left millions and millions of dollars of our military equipment in the Afghan pullout that the Taliban is now using against our people and the Afghans. How could anyone in their right mind do this?!?! Please understand that this is Biden giving the Taliban payoff money to keep them from attacking America from within our own country. This cowardly president would rather do that instead of standing up and fighting these devils! ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!!

  3. Patricia Viamontes says

    The people left there will never ever see a dime of it…are we nuts?

  4. BC Travis says

    This is getting f’n ridiculous!!! How much more is going to be thrown at those that hate the US? Where did all the other money go? I really don’t want my hard earned money going to fund these payoffs. A vote, referendum, question, something should be done by those that are paying into what this administration thinks is a never ending pool of money. We have our own problems here with inflation, empty shelves, and gas prices through the roof. Who is going to help us? Imagine what that money could do for our own citizens!!!

  5. Jill says

    This is again wrong, frustrating and underhanded of Biden. There are Plenty of Charities/other ways to Actually HELP these poor people. Go to “charitynavigator” for legitimate charities.
    Biden, STOP spending our money without OUR authorization!
    Totally agree with MC Travis – well stated: “I really don’t want my hard-earned money going to fund these payoffs. A vote, referendum, question, something should be done by those that are paying into what this administration thinks is a never-ending pool of money. We have our own problems here with inflation, empty shelves, and gas prices through the roof. Who is going to help us? Imagine what that money could do for our own citizens!!!”
    Makes me want to Defund our Government – Grrrrrr.

  6. SL says

    Gotta feed, house, and vacinatebthe Taliban army.

  7. Richard says

    Biden already gave them billions. Look at all the military equipment he left there.

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