Since the Afghan Taliban took control of the country in August, the future of Afghanistan remains uncertain. In the violence that characterised this year, countless innocent men, women and children were driven from their homes, or injured and killed in armed clashes, airstrikes, detonations of improvised explosive devices and shelling. The conflict also destroyed peoples' homes, shops and hospitals. The hospitals that remain standing are still treating people wounded by conflict, with little resources left for other things.

Since the start of 2021, over half a million people in Afghanistan have fled their homes, settling in communities that were already at breaking point. Now hundreds of thousands of families are stuck, with no home and no belongings, in dangerous situations somewhere across the country. Many are still attempting to leave altogether. Many will not be able to. Now, with the banking system in freefall, and food shortages worsening, the people of Afghanistan are facing a devastating humanitarian crisis.

As UK and EU governments and other big donors suspend their funding, many of the life-saving operations that the country relied on are now hanging by a thread, risking a further deterioration of the situation and putting yet more lives at risk. 

Afghanaid's response

Afghanaid calls for urgent support for those families whose lives have been affected. This includes the continued and increased support of the refugee exodus and ensuring that the funding flows of aid resume and increase, so that NGOs can continue important development work, as well as delivering the immediate humanitarian assistance that is so urgently needed.

As with previous times of difficulty, Afghanaid will continue to work alongside local people to help them overcome the challenges they face and prepare for a more peaceful future for the country. Over the past year, we have worked with the UN to help over a thousand families displaced by the conflict and have the expertise to expand this work if the funds are available.

We have now reopened nearly of our offices and restarted work. Both men and women are back at work and we are delivering both important development work focussed on climate change adaptation and improving livelihoods, and emergency assistance. This includes providing:

  • emergency shelter and financial support so families can keep a roof over their heads;
  • kitchen kits so that they can cook and safely store food;
  • hygiene kits including towels, laundry soap and hand soap;
  • items such as solar powered lamps, stoves and gas cylinders;
  • emergency food parcels;
  • blankets and the support they need to heat their homes and keep their families warm as the winter approaches.

With this support, more families like Mohammad Omar's will be able to keep their children safe, clean and healthy, and protect themselves against further risks.

How can you help?

In this difficult time, one thing is clear: we must not forget Afghanistan. Approximately six times the number of people in the country were already in need of humanitarian assistance in 2021 as compared to four years ago. Now, the conditions have worsened. Together, we can make a real difference to these people. Donate today to support families who need it most:

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