After decades of unrest, drought and poverty, millions of Afghan families now face desperate circumstances. Without urgent action, the current combined humanitarian crisis of food insecurity and extreme poverty could lead to more deaths than twenty years of war.
The combined factors of economic collapse, long-term drought and a brutal winter have left the people of Afghanistan in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
The situation is deteriorating rapidly. CRS, our partner in Afghanistan, is currently responding to the crisis, providing:
Your generous donation today means our partners in Afghanistan can respond quickly and efficiently to support vulnerable communities during this crisis.
This winter has been especially tough, and millions of Afghan families now face desperate circumstances.
Without urgent action, the current humanitarian crisis could lead to more deaths than twenty years of war.
will be pushed into extreme poverty by June 2022
will be acutely food insecure
children, pregnant and lactating women at risk of acute malnutrition
Thousands of families, especially women and girls, who face disproportionate risks to their health, safety and wellbeing, are fleeing their homes.
This is in addition to over 3.5 million Afghans already uprooted from their homes due to insecurity and violence in the last year.
On top of this, the COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed Afghanistan’s health system. Only five hospitals in Afghanistan still offer COVID-19 treatment, with 33 others forced to close in recent months due to chronic shortages of doctors, medicines and fuel for heating. Less than 27 per cent of the population is vaccinated.
Without urgent action, the current humanitarian crisis could lead to more deaths than during the war. Your urgent support is needed now.
The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian and development assistance to communities affected by crises in Afghanistan. Where this is not possible, the funds will be used to provide immediate and longer-term development and humanitarian assistance to communities affected by crises and poverty across the world. If any excess funds remain after a crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control that limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Emergency Response Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing development needs and future crises across all our regions.