As Afghanistan faces a growing humanitarian crisis after the Taliban took over the country, rescue and relief organizations are working to meet growing demand and ensure refugees are able to escape a more restrictive militant regime.
Recognizing the need for help, Facebook still has today promised $ 3 million in funding for organizations working to help Afghan citizens, in a variety of ways.
As Facebook director Sheryl Sandberg explained:
“According to International Rescue Committee, over 18 million people in Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance, and nearly half a million Afghans will leave the country by the end of the year. Protecting people in Afghanistan from harm is so important – and so challenging – during this crisis. I am amazed at the resilience and courage of Afghan women who protested in Kabul and Herat demanding equal rights. At the same time, we hear heartbreaking stories of women and girls burning evidence of their careers and education. Journalists, activists, educators and their families now live in fear. ”
Sandberg says the Facebook donation will contribute to support in three critical areas:
- Registration of refugees and their resettlement
- Protection and evacuation of endangered persons
- Food, shelter and health support.
It is difficult to measure the full extent of the Afghan crisis, following the US government’s decision to withdraw troops from the region. Over time, the impacts of the withdrawal process will take shape, but right now, as Sandberg notes, it is clear that many Afghan people now live in fear, and the rights granted to them under the previous regime are now significantly reduced under strict Taliban doctrine.
While the ongoing assessment of its broader societal impact remains a key, important focus, it is also worth noting that Facebook has donated billions of co-financing to various global causes over the past decade, including helping people affected by COVID-19, funding to address racial inequality and different promises to help war-affected regions in their recovery efforts.
Much more is expected in the evolving Afghan situation, but Facebook funding will provide a significant boost in various fields of assistance.
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