The United States Agency for International Development (USAID has announced that an initial contribution of more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance will be going to Afghanistan. This fulfills a promise made by the Biden administration to continue sending aid to this civil war-torn and impoverished country following the withdrawal of U.S. troops last year. Claims that this aid would flow directly to the Afghan people are parsed by the fact that this aid will be distributed by various third-party aid organizations.

This latest contribution will bring the amount of US to Afghanistan to nearly $782 billion since October 2020.

The UN has launched the largest humanitarian response plan in its history on behalf of Afghanistan which is now ruled by the Taliban, a terrorist organization. The UN says this aid will include food and nutrition assistance, support for health care facilities, and mobile health teams. It will also include winterization programs including cash, shelters, heaters, blankets, and clothing. The aid is being directed specifically towards, women, girls, minorities, and disabled people.  Given the patriarchal order imposed by Afghan culture and the Taliban themselves, some question exists as to whether they would be able to direct aid only to female children to the exclusion of male children in the same household.

The UN appeal calls for some $5 billion in aid to Afghanistan to stave off an impending humanitarian crisis.