Spain will 20 million euros in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, of which at least 7 million will be executed this year, as announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares. The minister has participated by telematic means in the Conference on Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan organized by the UN and held in Geneva with a view to raising funds to meet the needs of the country’s population, which have been aggravated by the recent seizure of power by the Taliban.
During his speech, as reported by Foreign Affairs in a statement, Albares highlighted the need to provide urgent help “to avoid drama of a humanitarian crisis of great proportions. It has also recognized the efforts of those who assist the many displaced and victims in the Afghan crisis and, especially, those who have lost their lives in this effort. “It is essential to ensure that humanitarian actors can carry out their work safely,” he stressed.
“We are not going to turn our back on this crisis,” said the minister, who already during his visit to Pakistan on Friday he had advanced the Government’s intention to contribute funds to address this humanitarian crisis. Thus, he has emphasized that countries like Pakistan already host 2.2 million Afghan refugees and that for Spain it is a priority to guarantee the education of more than 2.5 million children as well as care for the most vulnerable groups. among which it has highlighted women and girls.
“A life preserver”
Finally, the head of diplomacy has promised that Spain will continue working “so that the many years invested in creating a better future for the country have not been in vain”, in line with the commitment expressed by the Government since the Taliban became with control of Afghanistan on August 15.
The UN has requested a little more than 606 million dollars to be able to provide assistance to some 11 million Afghans in the next few months. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, warned during his speech that the Afghans now need “a lifeline.”
“After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they are facing perhaps their most dangerous moment. Now is the time for the international community to be with them, “he claimed, warning that one in two Afghans already have problems guaranteeing their next meal and” many people could run out of food by the end of the month.
At the end of the conference, Guterres announced that commitments for 1 billion dollars have been made, although it is not clear how much will go to the emergency aid requested by the United Nations and which will be released later.