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A young girl in Afghanistan studies. The remoteness of the village is a big problem, having in the past prevented many children from attending school. Photo: Stefanie Glinski for CRS.

Afghanistan Crisis

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. 

 

More than half of the population faces crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity

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Afghan refugees waiting at the border. Photo: Caritas Pakistan.

This is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis

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:

  • Emergency cash assistance to more than 8,000 families. 
  • Training on livestock management practices to help reduce disease, improve livestock health and increase milk production.  
  • Education for 3,791 of the most marginalised girls and boys in rural Afghanistan.  
    • Access to education for 2,287 girls and boys.  
    • Advanced learning programs for 650 older, out-of-school children.  

Your generous donation today means our partners in Afghanistan can respond quickly and efficiently to support vulnerable communities during this crisis.

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Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan Facts

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.  

97% of the population

will be pushed into extreme poverty by June 2022

22.8 million people

will be acutely food insecure

4.7 million

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.

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The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by crises in Afghanistan. If any funds remain after a crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control which limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Asia Emergency Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing needs and future crises in the region.

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