The United States announced nearly $204 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan at the high-level pledging conference on supporting the humanitarian response in Afghanistan.

The US State Department in a press release said that the fund includes $134 million from the Ministry and more than $70 million from the US Agency for International Aid (USAID).

This brings the total amount to more than $720 million since August 2021 by the US for Afghanistan.

“The United States welcomes the pledges made by other donors and commends Germany, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the UN Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance (UN OCHA) for co-hosting this critical event.” Reads part of the press release.

The fund will not only address Afghanistan’s scaled-up humanitarian crisis but also in neighboring countries through independent humanitarian organizations.

As per the statement, This funding will provide emergency cash, shelter, trauma care, and essential health services, water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance, protection and gender-based violence services, multisectoral assistance, and reintegration assistance to internally displaced and returnee populations in Afghanistan and refugee populations in neighboring countries.

The US has acknowledged being committed to supporting the Afghan people adding that they will continue pressing the Taliban leadership to abide by their pledges and respect human rights including teenage girls’ right to education.

The pledging conference was co-hosted by UK, Germany, and Qatar on Thursday wherein the UN asked for $4.4 billion for Afghanistan.

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