Iceland donates 40 million ISK to Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan has announced that Iceland has recently contributed 40 million ISK (around $290,000) to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.

OCHA set up AHF as a response to complex emergencies and to support the highest-priority projects to cater to the needs of the most vulnerable people.

This UN agency in Afghanistan in a tweet on June 25 thanked Iceland for her regular donation to the country and highlighted that Iceland’s continued support is saving lives.

According to OCHA, this new contribution brings Iceland’s total contribution to the AHF to ISK135 million since 2020.

Other major donors to Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund include the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Italy, and Germany.

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has worsened since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, with over two-thirds of the population, approximately 28.8 million people, now requiring urgent humanitarian assistance.

The humanitarian response, led by OCHA, has appealed a total of $3.2 billion in assistance from the international community, but this agency has received only $473.6 million so far, while a $2.8 billion funding gap remains.