NEW YORK    -   The United States has released nearly $327 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Afghanistan. 

A statement released by the US State Department yesterday says that this funding includes nearly $119 million through the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and nearly $208 million through the US Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, bringing the total US humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries to more than $1.1 billion since the Taliban takeover one year ago in August 2021. 

A spokesman of the US State Department said this assistance will continue to support the scaled-up humanitarian response in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries through international humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations Population Fund, International Organization for Migration, and other implementing partners in the region. This funding will provide emergency cash, shelter, healthcare, and reintegration assistance to internally displaced persons and returnees; as well as protection, life-saving reproductive and maternal health, and gender-based violence prevention and response services.

Funding will also continue to support multi sectoral assistance to Afghans in neighboring countries, including health and nutrition services to Afghan refugees and host communities in Pakistan, particularly COVID-19 screening and vaccination services.