Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
April 12, 2002
Response to the Afghan Crisis
Afghan refugees and conflict victims have been receiving assistance from the United States since millions fled Afghanistan in 1978. Afghanistan has been experiencing a severe humanitarian crisis with 3 years of drought overlaid on 20 years of conflict. With the fall of the Taliban and the creation of an interim administration to guide the country toward a permanent broad-based government, Afghanistan's future is looking brighter. However, much remains to be accomplished. In the short term, extraordinary efforts are still necessary to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the Afghan people.
In response to the crisis, the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) has provided resources to support refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable persons. The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration has contributed a total of $94.1 million* since the beginning of the current Afghan emergency.
Primary partners for PRM's funding are the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and other UN agencies. The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration also provides funding to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to fill critical protection and assistance gaps in Afghanistan and surrounding countries.
PRM's funding in Afghanistan supports critical activities in the sectors of water and sanitation, primary, reproductive, maternal and child healthcare, shelter, food and nutrition, primary education, mine education and awareness, economic assistance, capacity building, as well as programs that support the voluntary return and reintegration of refugees and IDPs to their homes in Afghanistan.
*These contributions include funding obligated to international organizations and nongovernmental organizations since the beginning of the current Afghan emergency, as well as contributions totaling over $20 million to UNHCR and other UN partners, which were announced on April 2.
Released April 12, 2002