Japan pledges $5.3m in humanitarian and emergency assistance to Afghanistan

The government of Japan has pledged $5.3 million in humanitarian and emergency assistance to Afghanistan in a bid to help address the challenges the Afghan refugees, internally displaced people, and other civilians to face in 2018.

According to a statement released by the Embassy of Japan in Kabul, the Government of Japan has recently provided 5.3 million fund to UNHCR, UNICEF, UNMAS, WFP, WHO and IOM for humanitarian and emergency assistance in Afghanistan.

The statement further adds that the funding from Japan will allow those agencies to address humanitarian challenges through provision of vital support to refugees returning from Pakistan and Iran, and to people suffering from food insecurity, malnutrition, natural disaster, displacement and other critical situations.

The contribution responds to requirements under UNOCHA’s 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan, the Embassy of Japan in Kabul added.

According to the statement, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will receive $1 million of the funds, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) $800,000, and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) $1 million.

World Food Programme (WFP) will also receive $1 million, World Health Organization (WHO) $500,000, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) $1 million of the new aid pledged by Japan.

Japan has been strongly supporting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in a wide range of fields from security to economic and social development, providing assistance in various sectors including political process, agriculture, education, health, infrastructure, rural development, and human capacity development. Cumulative Japanese assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 amounts to USD 6.57 billion.

Source The Khaama Press

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