Boris Johnson pledges £ 50million in Afghanistan appeal
Boris Johnson has pledged £ 50million in the appeal for Afghanistan to help provide food, shelter and medicine throughout the winter to more than two million Afghans.
It is believed that the money, which will be disbursed through the United Nations and the Red Cross, will be heavily focused on protecting women and girls from gender-based violence.
The announcement comes two months after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, after nearly two decades of occupation by US and British forces. In September Mr Johnson pledged £ 286million in aid to the Afghan people, and the £ 50million is the first allocation of that sum.
“Two months ago this week, NATO withdrew its last forces from Afghanistan after the largest evacuation effort in the history of the alliance, an effort that saved scores of lives.” Mr Johnson said on Saturday.
“We now have a responsibility to protect the Afghan people most at risk under the Taliban, especially women and girls.
“Today’s funding will provide urgent protection to the most vulnerable people. But preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan and preserving the gains of the last twenty years will require a truly global effort. “
The announcement of Number 10 comes as the Prime Minister prepares to deliver a speech at the G20 summit where he is expected to stress the need to preserve women’s right to education, calling it a “Swiss army knife that solves abundance of problems “. ”.