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IRC Urged Intl Community to Not Distract Attentions on Afghanistan Amid Ukraine Tensions

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KABUL: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) called on the international community to not distract its attention from the situation in Afghanistan as the tensions in Ukraine have recently drawn the attention of many world countries.

The IRC in a press release on Friday welcomes the recent decision of the US to issue a general license and the scaling up of humanitarian support to Afghanistan by international partners. “The international community should seize this window of opportunity in Afghanistan to prevent famine, save lives, and put an end to the horrific conditions facing women and girls,” it said.

On March 1st, the World Bank’s executive board approved a plan to use more than $1 billion from Afghanistan’s Trust Fund to finance urgently needed education, agriculture, and family programs. The US Treasury Department also recently announced a general license that allows commercial activities in Afghanistan, even with the Afghan governing institutions.

“We applaud the recent good work done by the US and other donor governments to alleviate the suffering in Afghanistan. Specifically, the World Bank board’s decision to provide $1 billion from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund to UN agencies and aid organizations operating in the country,” IRC’s Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Amanda Catanzano said.

The IRC said that around nine million Afghans are living on the verge of famine and therefore, the organization called for immediate provision of fresh funds for the Afghans in need.

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