Afghanistan is in dire need of further economic assistance. Currently, poverty in Afghanistan has led Afghan citizens to sell their children. In the latest case, several international organizations have stated that in 2022, Afghanistan will face more poverty than ever before.
The European Union has announced a new aid package for Afghanistan. The grant, worth more than 268 million euros, will be used for the needy in Afghanistan and various health and education projects. The European Union (EU) said in a statement issued last night (28 January) that the aid was provided through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Development Program, the World Health Organization and the World Food Program. The deserving and the needy will be made partners.
According to the newsletter, the bulk of the € 186 million aid will be spent on seven health, livelihood, and education projects. Emergency assistance for Afghan teachers is also included in this financial package. The allowance covers about 194,000 teachers and pays € 90 per teacher per month for two winter months. To educate girls and boys, the World Food Program, in partnership with UNICEF, will provide food aid and cash assistance to families of female students, provided they attend school.
Meanwhile, Jonah Erplinin, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, says that the EU has principles according to which no one in the world should be left behind. He added that the European Union is committed to girls’ education in Afghanistan and has pledged in the past that it will not allow Afghans to go back. At the same time, the world’s leading institutions have called on the world’s most powerful countries to stand with the Afghan people to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and cooperate with Afghan citizens more than ever.
One in three Afghan children is currently malnourished, according to an official UNICEF report. Humanitarian organizations have also stressed that if the world fulfills its obligations to Afghanistan, they will warn that the situation of its citizens will worsen if humanitarian aid to Afghanistan does not continue.