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EU delivers nearly 100 tons of medicines and medical supplies to Afghanistan

The European Union (EU) in Afghanistan announced on Wednesday that its new shipment of 98 tons of humanitarian aid including medicines and medical supplies reached Kabul, Afghanistan.

The EU Chargé d’Affaires, Raffaella Iodice wrote in a tweet, “A new shipment of medicines and medical items arrived today to Afghanistan. EU humanitarian cargo flights are crucial to ensure that assistance continues to be delivered across the country.”

She added that these cargo flights are a visible example of the EU’s humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and the EU is committed to stand by the people of Afghanistan.

This is the 28th air bridge of humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country in August 2021. The EU said, “With this 28th air bridge operation for Afghanistan since 2021, we reconfirm our commitment to helping Afghans in need.”

Last month, the EU expressed concern over Afghanistan’s vulnerability to humanitarian crises and disasters, stating that the country is the fourth most vulnerable country to humanitarian crises and natural disasters.

According to the EU, climate change added to the pressures the people of Afghanistan are already under. “Climate change affects us all, but Afghanistan is one of the world’s most vulnerable nations to its impacts, ranked 176th out of 181 countries. More frequent natural hazards such as droughts or floods can worsen the situation of the Afghan people.”

The EU has been a key aid contributor to Afghanistan since the Taliban’s return to power, helping to alleviate the extensive and severe humanitarian crisis. It has allocated 16 million euros to keep the country’s healthcare system functioning.