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The United States allocates $ 500 million from the emergency fund to help Afghan refugees

After the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the United States announced a donation of $ 500 million in aid for refugees and migrants who have to flee the country.

In a statement, the White House revealed that US President Joe Biden decided to transfer that sum of money that was in an emergency fund to meet the “unexpected” and “urgent” need of the Afghans.

Washington will give that assistance to migrants and refugees through your government agenciessuch as the Agency for International Development (USAID).

Too offer those funds bilaterally to those countries that host Afghans, as well as humanitarian groups and international organizations.

Several leaders, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, expressed concern on Monday about the possible arrival on European soil of thousands of Afghan refugees and warned that they will not be able to take care of so many people alone.

Biden, for his part, strongly defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and blamed Afghan leaders for not resisting and handing over the country to the Taliban. He warned, however, that “he will act quickly” against terrorism in that country “if necessary.”

The fall

The Taliban took control of Kabul on Sunday after its fighters entered the capital without meeting resistance, and with almost all the provinces under their control.

The fall of the capital and the flight of the hitherto Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, caused thousands of civilians to go to the Kabul airport in the hope of being able to leave on some of the military flights that the US organized to evacuate its personnel. diplomat and his allies.

Desperation reached such a point that hundreds of Afghans tried to flee by clinging to a US military plane as it was about to take off.

Washington will terminate its mission in Afghanistan when it has finished evacuating those in the Asian country, which it estimates that will culminate on August 31, if it maintains the pace of removing 5,000 people a day, Defense Department spokesman John Kirby detailed Monday.

In recent days, the US has deployed 6,000 troops to Afghanistan and another 1,000 are on the way to assist with evacuation efforts.

With information from EFE

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