White House spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement Tuesday that the new aid from the U.S. Agency for International Development will flow through independent humanitarian organizations and will be used to provide shelter, health care, winterization assistance, emergency food aid, water, sanitation and hygiene services.
The country’s long-troubled economy has been in a tailspin since the Taliban takeover. Nearly 80% of Afghanistan’s previous government’s budget came from the international community. That money, now cut off, financed hospitals, schools, factories and government ministries.
The USAID called on the Taliban to allow “all aid workers, especially women ... to operate independently and securely" as humanitarian groups look to assist those suffering.
“The United States continues to urge the Taliban to allow unhindered humanitarian access, safe conditions for humanitarians, independent provision of assistance to all vulnerable people, and freedom of movement for aid workers of all genders,” the agency said in a statement.
There is no guarantee the Taliban will abide by that request.
The new aid brings U.S. humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan to more than $780 million since the disastrous pullout by American troops in August.