A European Union (EU) Humanitarian Air Bridge flight will deliver 100 tons of materials to bolster Afghanistan’s pandemic response.
The EU is also providing a new aid package of €39 million to the country. The monetary amount is to be directed towards the COVID-19 efforts as well as to help the victims of war, forced displacement and natural disasters in the country.
Janez Lenarcic, the commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “At this difficult time, the EU continues to stand by the most vulnerable in Afghanistan… With this air bridge, the EU is delivering vital assistance such as food, nutrition, water, shelter to ensure aid reaches as many people as possible and to help support the people of Afghanistan.”
The Air Bridge project is part of EU’s global Coronavirus response whereas the EU-funded Emergency Response Mechanism has been helping internally-displace people across Afghanistan.
The EU has provided humanitarian operations in Afghanistan since 1992, providing close to €935 million to date.