UK pledges $125 million aid to Afghanistan amid crises

The United Kingdom has pledged $125 million to support the people of Afghanistan amid humanitarian, economic, and human rights crises.

UK’s Mission in Afghanistan said Tuesday on X that the country will “remain committed to a secure and prosperous Afghanistan.”

This comes after the UN had appealed for increased donor funding because the Afghanistan humanitarian response plan is suffering from an urgent funding shortfall.

Recently, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned that the humanitarian needs in Afghanistan are all-time high due to conflict, drought, and acute poverty.

OCHA said that the Afghanistan humanitarian response has been largely impacted due to funding shortfall, leaving vulnerable families without urgent assistance including food.

The worsening humanitarian crisis is threatening over two-thirds of the population in the country, approximately 28.8 million people.

OCHA’s multi-sectoral humanitarian response requires $3.23 billion for this year, but it has only received $744 million, which is 23% of the total.