Afghanistan Emergency Appeal
For almost four decades the people of Afghanistan have endured crisis after crisis. An ongoing war, natural disasters, chronic poverty, and food insecurity have caused widespread suffering. In 2021, the Afghan people were dealt another blow with increasing political instability. Now, Afghanistan is the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe with over 570,482 internally displaced people in 2021 alone, 14 million people food insecure and 2 million children malnourished. Life in Afghanistan is precarious for many, particularly for women and children who face an uncertain future.
Since the beginning of the year, the brutal conflict has uprooted more than 400,000 Afghan people from their homes. They join over 2.9 million people who were already internally displaced in Afghanistan by the end of 2020. Since May alone, almost 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and protection, with 80 per cent being women and children. Children remain the worst affected, with an increasing number of child casualties and deaths. According to a report published by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), over 1,659 civilians have been killed and 3,254 wounded in the first half of 2021. Tragically, 32 per cent were children, with 468 killed and 1,214 wounded. It is expected that these numbers will continue to rise if the situation persists. Survivors also face unspeakable trauma after watching their loved ones being killed and their homes bombed.
As thousands of vulnerable Afghans frantically search for shelter and protection amid the current conflict, many now don’t have a place to sleep. Access to life’s essentials – food, water, education, and healthcare – is also proving to be extremely difficult.
Many displaced families are living in makeshift tents held together by sticks, surviving only on the little food they can find. Afghanistan is already on the brink of famine with almost half of the population facing life-threatening hunger. It is also estimated that half of all Afghan children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition.
With the dire situation currently, the World Food Programme (WFP) has described Afghanistan as being on the brink of a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’.
The people of Afghanistan desperately need your help.
When you donate to our Afghanistan Emergency Appeal, you will help displaced Afghan families and vulnerable women and children. We’re working closely with our local partners to meet the most critical needs of the country’s most vulnerable – mainly orphans and widows – in the form of clean water, nutritious food, shelter, and access to medicine, healthcare and education.
Our partners have a 20+ year history of serving the Afghan people through long-term health and education initiatives as well as emergency relief efforts.