The European Union (EU) decided to increase to 100 million euros (118 million dollars) the amount of its humanitarian aid program for Afghanistan, as revealed this Wednesday by the president of the European Commission (EC), Úrsula von der Leyen.
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“We will increase humanitarian aid for Afghanistan by 100 million euros. It will be part of a new, broader support package that we will present in the coming weeks to combine all our efforts, ”the President of the Commission informed the European Parliament.
The head of the EC also affirmed that they would put all their efforts to avoid generalized famine and a possible humanitarian disaster.
Brussels had scheduled to send 57 million euros of humanitarian aid for this year, before the arrival of the Taliban in Kabul. However, the insurgents’ victory increased this figure to 200 million, due to the anticipation of increased needs for Afghans.
We stand by the Afghan people.
We must do everything to avert the real risk of a major famine and humanitarian disaster.
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen)
September 15, 2021
Previously, the high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell warned that in the north of the Central Asian country there are five million people at real risk of famine and therefore it is necessary that help arrives immediately .
The United Nations Organization reported on Monday that the international community had promised a total of 1,200,000,000 dollars for aid to humanitarian organizations in Afghanistan, however, it did not indicate the exact amount for emergency assistance.
To raise some $ 355,000,000, the European Commission plans to secure funding from the Union’s member states both for that year and in 2022, with the aim of helping some 30,000 Afghans resettle.