UN Emergency Pledges for Afghanistan Reach $1.2 Billion

The United Nations raised more than $1.2 billion from donors in emergency pledges to help Afghanistan. 

The aid is meant to help 11 million Afghans facing a quickly escalating humanitarian crisis. Millions more also require aid in the region who have left Afghanistan. 

The financial support came at the first high-level conference held on Afghanistan since the Taliban overtook the country a month ago. Donations came from Western governments, large traditional donors and additional pledges. 

The United Nations had sought to $606 million in order to cover aid through the end of the year, an ask that was met with nearly double the amount. 

The funding will help Afghans with life supporting services, including food and basic public services, access to water, health care, protection, aid specifically for children, reproductive health services for women and girls, and more. 

A regional response is also needed to assist the crisis, as there are 3.5 million displaced Afghans. More than 500,000 have been displaced in 2021 alone.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized that the crisis remains a crucial issue for the international community, and that the Afghani people need a lifeline, calling it their “most perilous hour.” 

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