The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the humanitarian aid of $13.5 million dollars from Japan to the people of Afghanistan.
According to WFP, the funding will help WFP deliver emergency food and nutrition assistance to food-insecure people, support school children to learn better and keep the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) operational.
12-year-old Najib, a fifth-grade student, is busy working with his father in a corner of the capital.
He said that he is trying to support his five-member family by working and wishes that their economic challenges would end.
Najib told TOLOnews: “We want the government to provide work opportunities to my father so that we can continue our studies.”
WFP said: “With this contribution, WFP plans to reach nearly 630,000 food-insecure people through food assistance and treat more than 42,000 malnourished pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children. Almost 36,000 school children in primary school will receive fortified biscuits as daily school snacks to help them stay healthy and learn better.”
Meanwhile, some residents of the capital who are facing economic challenges, asked the Islamic Emirate to distribute aid to the needy people in a transparent manner.
Barat Khan, a Kabul resident, said: “We earn 200 to 250 Afghanis a day and our family members are large and the money is not sufficient.”
Ziaullah, another resident of Kabul said: “Help should be given to those who really deserve it, and the government should have full cooperation in this area."
Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, said: "The economic situation in Afghanistan is normal and it is affected after the war and forty years of war have passed in this country. The countries that help us should increase their cooperation. We appreciate their help and we want more help from them, but the distribution of aid will be good.
The Ministry of Economy welcomed the aid of the countries of the world to Afghanistan and emphasized the continuation of this aid in the development and infrastructure programs of the country.
Abdul Rahman Habib, spokesman for the Ministry of Economy, said: "In addition to humanitarian aid, donor organizations and countries should focus on employment-generating sectors that lead to job opportunities through the implementation of development projects."
Earlier, WFP announced $2.2 million from Denmark for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and said that the total aid of this country to Afghanistan since 2015 has reached $36.4 million dollars.