The government of Japan recently provided over $10 million USD to a number of aid organizations for humanitarian and emergency assistance in Afghanistan.
In a statement issued by the Japanese embassy in Kabul, Japan said this funding will enable these agencies to address humanitarian challenges through the 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 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will get $1.4 million USD to help facilitate the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Iran and Pakistan and help foster sustainable reintegration of the returnees through community-based livelihoods projects.
This will also help deliver humanitarian assistance to refugees in Khost and Paktika.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will get $761,900 USD, which will be used to provide timely and tailored support to at least 15,250 children affected by armed conflict, displacement and natural disasters in Afghanistan.
The contribution will also help UNICEF monitor, report and respond to grave violations against children which include; killing and maiming of children, recruitment or use of children as soldiers, sexual violence against children, attacks against schools or hospitals, denial of humanitarian access for children, and abduction of children.
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) will get $2 million USD to fund demining projects.
The World Food Programme will receive $3.1 million USD and will go towards directly addressing food insecurity and malnutrition in Afghanistan, as well as to provide humanitarian air services.
The International Organization for Migration will get $3.1 million USD to provide humanitarian assistance to 14,800 vulnerable Afghan undocumented returnees from Iran among other projects.
Japan has strongly supported Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in a wide range of fields from security to economic and social development. Japan has provided assistance in various sectors including agriculture, education, health, infrastructure, rural development, and human capacity development.
Japan’s cumulative assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 amounts to $6.4 billion USD.