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

  • Shirley signed 292 days ago

  • lieve signed 292 days ago

  • Jan signed 292 days ago

  • Stanley Paul signed 292 days ago

  • Percy signed 293 days ago

  • Margo signed 293 days ago

  • Dana signed 293 days ago

  • Cornelia signed 293 days ago

  • Aletha signed 293 days ago

  • Danny signed 293 days ago

  • Srijan signed 293 days ago

  • Kathy signed 293 days ago

  • Olga signed 293 days ago

  • Karen signed 293 days ago

  • Deborah signed 293 days ago

  • Wayne signed 293 days ago

  • Diego signed 293 days ago

  • Beth signed 293 days ago

  • Marvin signed 293 days ago

  • Junie signed 293 days ago

  • Kathleen signed 294 days ago

  • Emma signed 294 days ago

  • Hollis signed 294 days ago

  • Kyle signed 294 days ago

  • Deborah signed 294 days ago

  • Alexistori signed 294 days ago

  • Aydan signed 294 days ago

  • Karen signed 294 days ago

  • Leonard signed 294 days ago

  • Rebecca signed 294 days ago

Showing 30 reactions