The United Kingdom is providing €2.5 million in aid for immediate life-saving support to people in Afghanistan affected by the devastating earthquake this week, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced.
“A total of £2 million will go to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to provide shelter, medicine, water, sanitation and other basic needs. The IFRC already has staff and volunteers working on the ground to respond to the crisis and help address urgent humanitarian needs, including in Khost and Paktika, the 2 worst-affected provinces,” a UK press release said on Friday.
UK stands in solidarity with Afghanistan after devastating earthquake
Another 500,000 euros will go to the Norwegian Refugee Council, which is already working on the ground, to provide shelter and cash assistance to those affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan, it added.
As we mentioned in The Truth Newsthe government said that this support will come from the UK aid fund for Afghanistan, which is 286 million euros this year, one of the largest bilateral programs.
Last year, UK funding supported emergency health services, water, protection, shelter, food and education through the UN Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund and the World Food Programme.
International partners, including the United Nations and the World Food Program, are coordinating the global response and rapidly assessing humanitarian needs. The UK is in direct contact with them to offer assistance and is ready to consider any request for help or other assistance. UK aid was already delivered to affected areas before the earthquake through the UN, NGOs and the Red Cross.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “The recent earthquake is a tragedy for the people of Afghanistan. The scale of the need was already dire before the earthquake struck, with more than half the population in need of humanitarian assistance. “.
UK funding is channeled through the UN and NGOs
“The UK’s support will enable life-saving supplies to be delivered on the ground. Our aid budget for Afghanistan is one of the UK’s largest bilateral programs and we will continue to work urgently with our international team to respond to the humanitarian crisis.” unfolding,” he added.
The UK co-hosted a high-level international engagement summit with the UN in March 2022, to provide more vital funding. This helped respond to the UN appeal of nearly $4.5 billion for Afghanistan, the largest appeal on record for a single country, reflecting the scale of the humanitarian challenge the country was already facing before the earthquake.
UK funding is channeled through UN and NGO partners. No funding goes to or through the Taliban, the government clarified in the press release.