The Japanese government has decided to offer a fresh aid package to Afghanistan worth about 100 million dollars.
More than four months after the Taliban Islamist group took control of the country, the economy is in turmoil. Sixty percent of the population does not have sufficient food. Afghans are also facing drought, poverty and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The planned assistance is part of the supplementary budget enacted on Monday.
The aid will be used to provide food and water, as well as to help improve medical and hygiene conditions via 16 international organizations including the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF.
This is Japan’s second provision of assistance to Afghanistan since the Taliban’s takeover, following the emergency grant aid of about 58 million dollars announced in October.
Government officials say Japan will continue to support the Afghan people, and actively work to bring stability to the country and the surrounding region.