Skip navigation

Tell Biden to stop blocking $450 million in COVID-19 aid to the Afghan people

In the midst of a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, with over three million Afghan internal refugees in dire need of food, shelter, clean water, and medical care, and coping with a third wave of COVID-19, the Biden administration has pressured the International Monetary Fund not to release $450 million in funds that were supposed to arrive in Afghanistan this week to help the country deal with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Sign the petition demanding that Biden stop blocking COVID-19 aid to Afghanistan. You can also call the WHite House comment line at 202-456-1111.

Dear President Biden,

We thank you for ending the U.S.’s longest war. The 20-year-long war in Afghanistan cost the American people $2.26 trillion and has accomplished nothing but death and destruction. According to the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, there are over three million Afghan internal refugees in dire need of food, shelter, clean water, and medical care. Rather than the U.S. funding the UNHCR’s urgent appeal for $350 million, which the U.S. should do, you have pressured the International Monetary Fund to withhold $450 million in funds designated to help Afghanistan deal with the coronavirus pandemic which is raging in the country. You have also frozen nearly all of the Afghan Central Bank’s $9.4 billion in foreign currency reserves, depriving the new government of funds that it will desperately need in the coming months to feed its people and provide basic services. 

As people concerned with the health and well-being of the Afghan people, and as people calling for U.S. accountability for the terrible wounds and trauma the U.S. inflicted on the Afghan people over the past 20 years, we call on you to immediately stop pressuring the IMF not to release COVID-19 aid to Afghanistan. You should also unfreeze the $9.4 billion, fully fund the UN’s 2021 appeal for emergency aid, which as of late August was less than 40% funded, and shift the $6 billion allocated for the now-defunct Afghan armed forces to humanitarian aid, instead of diverting it to other forms of wasteful military spending.


5,000 Signatures

1,857 Signatures

Will you sign?


People already signed

Who's signing

  • Owen signed 463 days ago

  • Ira signed 463 days ago

  • Freija signed 463 days ago

  • Andrew signed 463 days ago

  • Aymen signed 463 days ago

  • Sister signed 463 days ago

  • Shadiah signed 463 days ago

  • S. signed 463 days ago

  • Pierre signed 463 days ago

  • Patricia signed 463 days ago

  • Judy signed 463 days ago

  • Susann signed 463 days ago

  • Sandra signed 463 days ago

  • Sandra signed 463 days ago

  • Michael signed 463 days ago

  • Susan signed 463 days ago

  • Dennis signed 463 days ago

  • William signed 463 days ago

  • David signed 463 days ago

  • jesse signed 463 days ago

  • Claude signed 464 days ago

  • mushtaq signed 464 days ago

  • Sonali signed 464 days ago

  • Thea signed 464 days ago

  • Yu signed 464 days ago

  • Grace signed 464 days ago

  • Marina signed 464 days ago

  • Edmund signed 464 days ago

  • Meredith signed 464 days ago

  • David signed 464 days ago

Showing 30 reactions