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United States announces humanitarian aid to Afghanistan worth $125 million

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WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 20, 2019, 06.07 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

The United States on Tuesday announced additional humanitarian aid to Afghanistan worth $125 million, US Embassy in Afghanistan said in a statement. 

This will now take the overall US funding to Afghanistan to nearly $190 million this fiscal year.

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The humanitarian aid for Afghanistan will be used to provide food, water, health, shelter and "more to help Afghans displaced by flooding, conflict and drought," read a tweet posted by USAID's Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance. 

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"The United States announces an additional amount of nearly $125 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Afghans inside Afghanistan, including internally displaced persons, conflict and flood-affected communities, and Afghan returnees. This brings the total US funding in this fiscal year to the Afghan humanitarian response to nearly $190 million, including for Afghan refugees in the region," the statement read.

The United States also urged all countries to come ahead and "make or increase their contributions to the UN humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan", which is currently only 27 per cent funded. 

"The United States remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable Afghans and stands with the Afghan people in their dedication to helping create an Afghanistan in which all its citizens have the opportunity to live in peace and dignity," the statement posted on the website of US Embassy in Afghanistan read. 

The additional funding will support life-saving activities and provide "emergency food, nutrition, clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, emergency health, disaster preparedness and risk reduction, shelter, protection, humanitarian coordination and logistics, and non-food items and relief commodities" along with "refugee repatriation grants, education, livelihoods and other efforts to promote long-term integration of returning refugees".

On Monday, a series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence. 

President Ashraf Ghani on Monday vowed to eliminate Islamic State from the country and said that he "will take revenge" for his people. Ghani made the statement while addressing the nation on its 100th Independence Day.

On Saturday, a deadly suicide-bomb blast took rocked Darulaman area of Kabul city

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack which claimed at least 63 lives and wounded over 180.

Mayhem from Afghanistan's war continues to wreak havoc on Afghans every day, even though the US and the Taliban are in final negotiations for a deal that would see US troops begin to quit Afghanistan and could potentially lead to a reduction in violence.