Blinken Claims $144 Million Going To Afghanistan Will Be For People Not Taliban

According to a statement, the support takes the overall amount of help to Afghanistan to $474 million in 2021, making the United States the biggest aid giver. As part of its efforts to assist individuals, the United States will contribute an additional $144 million.

“Lifesaving protection, food security support, vital health care, winterization help, and emergency food aid” will be among the services provided, he added. He stated that the new authorities will be held “accountable for the obligations they have made.”

According to the White House, the US contributed $2.5 million in frozen assets from Afghanistan’s central bank accounts after the nation fell to the Taliban. The funds will be distributed to humanitarian organizations such as the UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, WHO, and others.

Moreover, as a UN donor, the US State Department has warned the Taliban that it will not allow diversion or involvement in humanitarian activities. “They are stressing the point that they will not accept diversion as they underscore to the Taliban their expectation that they enable aid to flow in a principled manner,” a State Department spokeswoman said.

Furthermore, in Afghanistan, USAID-funded development aid has been halted. Afghanistan’s access to the IMF’s resources has also been restricted. A week later, the World Bank discontinued its help owing to worries about “development prospects, particularly for women,” according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who also stated that the international community needs to “inject funds” into Afghanistan.

According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Afghanistan’s economy is “falling,” with assets frozen and economic funding stopped. The country might face “universal poverty,” with 97 percent living in poverty. According to the United Nations, poverty levels in Afghanistan might rise by up to 25% by mid-2022, compared to 2020.