The UK is providing €2.5 million in aid for immediate and lifesaving support to people in Afghanistan affected by this week’s devastating earthquake, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has announced.
“A total of £2million will go to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to provide shelter, medicine, water, sanitation and other basic needs. The IFRC has already staff and volunteers working on the ground to respond to crises and help meet urgent humanitarian needs – including in Khost and Paktika, the 2 hardest hit provinces,” a UK press release said on Friday.
A further €500,000 will go to the Norwegian Refugee Council, which is already working on the ground, to provide shelter and cash assistance to those affected, he added.
The government said the support would come from the UK’s Afghanistan Aid Fund, which stands at €286m this financial year, one of the largest bilateral programmes.
Last year, UK funding supported emergency health services, water, protection, shelter, food and education through the UN Humanitarian Fund for Afghanistan and the World Food Programme.
International partners, including the United Nations and the World Food Programme, are coordinating the global response and rapidly assessing humanitarian needs. The UK is in direct contact with them to offer assistance and stands ready to consider any request for aid or other assistance. British aid was already channeled into the affected areas before the earthquake via the UN, NGOs and the Red Cross.
Foreign Minister Liz Truss said: “The recent earthquake is a tragedy for the Afghan people. The scale of the needs was already severe before the earthquake, with more than half of the population requiring humanitarian assistance.
“UK support will help deliver vital supplies on the ground. Our Afghanistan aid budget is one of the UK’s largest bilateral programs and we will continue to work urgently with our partners to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis,” she added.
The UK co-hosted a high-level international summit with the UN in March 2022, to provide more vital funds. This helped meet the UN’s appeal for nearly $4.5 billion for Afghanistan, their largest ever appeal for a single country, reflecting the scale of the humanitarian challenge the country was already facing. faced before the earthquake.
UK funding is channeled through UN and NGO partners. No funding goes to or passes through the Taliban, the government said in the press release.
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