$300 million in aid announced for Afghans by U.S.

$300 million in aid announced for Afghans by U.S.

$300 million in aid announced for Afghans by U.S.

The United States on Tuesday 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.

The White House said the administration will also send one million additional Covid19 vaccine doses to the country, which is grappling not just with the global pandemic but with widespread hunger in the wake of the militant group’s takeover and the U.S. exit.

White House national security council spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement 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.

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.