Government, humanitarian aid of 1 million dollars to Afghanistan in the ‘quake disaster’ (comprehensive)

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Support through international organizations… “Deep condolences to the victims and prayers for speedy recovery”

Afghan houses destroyed by earthquake

(Host AP = Yonhap News) Children stand in front of a house destroyed by the earthquake in Spera, Afghanistan’s eastern state, on the 22nd (local time). A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck southeastern Afghanistan that day, killing more than 1,000 and destroying nearly 2,000 homes. 2022.6.23 leekm@yna.co.kr

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Hyo-Jeong Kim = The government announced that it would provide emergency humanitarian aid worth 1 million dollars (about 1.3 billion won) to support victims of the earthquake in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on the 23rd, “I hope that the Korean government’s support will be helpful to the people of Afghanistan who are suffering from the damage caused by the earthquake.”

An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with reporters on the same day and said, “We plan to provide support as soon as possible.”

This support will be provided through international organizations, not bilaterally.

An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “In Afghanistan, there are active organizations such as UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP). I think it might be one of those organizations.”

On the 22nd (local time), a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the province of Paktika in southeastern Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan.

According to foreign media, the earthquake caused more than 1,000 deaths and more than 1,600 injuries.

An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that the humanitarian aid decision was made promptly, “because we have already judged that the existing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is very serious.”

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He added, “[Afghanistan’s]own disaster response capacity is not sufficient,” he added.

In particular, it is pointed out that under the Taliban regime, which currently dominates Afghanistan, the need for support for vulnerable groups such as women and children is great.

When asked whether the decision to provide aid through an international organization rather than a bilateral form was due to the Taliban’s takeover of the administration, the official said, “Most humanitarian aid in Afghanistan has been carried out through international organizations rather than bilateral, and we will refer to that practice as a reference. I did,” he replied.

The government will continue to provide humanitarian aid to countries and people affected by natural disasters in the future.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a separate statement in the name of its spokesperson on the same day, saying, “We express our deepest condolences and condolences to the many victims and their families of the earthquake that occurred in southeastern Afghanistan.” .

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