The World Bank allocated 280 million US dollars for the support of Afghanistan

The World Bank has decided to allocate $ 280 million from previously frozen funds to support Afghanistan. The funds will reportedly go to two United Nations agencies - the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) who has been helping to assist the country overcome the humanitarian crisis that has erupted since the Taliban seized power.

Before the money reaches the agencies, the transfer must be approved by 31 donors from the World Bank-managed Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). The largest donors' meeting in the United States is expected to take place on December 3. ARTF accounts for a total of $ 1.5 billion for Afghanistan.

At a time when Afghanistan's economy and banking system are on the verge of collapse, 40 million people are suffering from food shortages and lack of medical care. Pursuant to the UN’s forecast, this winter, over 23 million Afghans, including 3.2 million children under the age of 5, will suffer from hunger, with nearly a million of them likely to die. In the face of a cash shortage in the country, UN agencies have bypassed the Taliban government structures and commenced distributing money directly to teachers, doctors and poor families.

Earlier, Muhammad Hassan Akhund, Afghan Prime Minister, asked for international aid and access to about $ 10 billion in frozen funds in the US.