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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.

Sincerely,

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  • Ronald Fujiyoshi
    signed 2021-08-31 16:26:15 -0400
  • Kelvin Bland
    signed 2021-08-31 16:26:11 -0400
  • Brenda Balanda
    signed 2021-08-31 16:25:16 -0400
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  • Darienne Hetherman
    signed 2021-08-31 16:24:25 -0400
  • Miriam Kaplan
    signed 2021-08-31 16:24:21 -0400
    We’re more likely to get cooperation from Afghanistan in the future by offering humanitarian aid now rather than withholding it.
  • Nancy E. Woolley
    signed 2021-08-31 16:24:14 -0400
    Covid aid to other countries is actually in our selfish interest since the fewer people worldwide who become infected, the less chance of new variants of the virus. No host equals no virus.
  • Jay Gilbert
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  • carla dimondstein
    signed 2021-08-31 16:21:59 -0400
    How grotesque and pathologic Mr. Biden, that you would conspire with the IMF to withhold the $450 million in funds for Afghanistan to have access to COVID aid the people so desperately need. Always promoting sadism, american style.
  • Charles Gillard
    signed 2021-08-31 16:21:54 -0400
    Sanctions are a bad as bombing and are continuous exercises in futility and inhumanity.
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