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AFGHANISTAN SITUATION

Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places to be a child. The recent rapid escalation of violence across the country has put even more children and families at risk.

Since the start of the year, more than 552 children have been killed and more than 1,400 have been injured. Thousands are suffering grave violations and being recruited by armed groups, and many are being traumatized by witnessing atrocities against their loved ones.

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UNICEF remains working in Afghanistan as the crisis continues, providing families and children with safe water, protection and medical care.

What Is The Humanitarian Situation In Afghanistan?

The situation is incredibly dire. Afghanistan is facing a triple crisis: escalating violence, a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recently declared drought.

Half the population – more than 18 million people, including nearly 10 million children – are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Because of conflict and drought, more than 12 million people are at dangerous levels of food insecurity. 

Without immediate action, 1 million children under five will suffer from severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year and 3 million more will be moderately acutely malnourished.

In addition, schools are closed because of conflict and COVID-19, which means more than 9.5 million children are being denied their right to an education. Even prior to the current escalation in conflict, more than 390,000 people were internally displaced – 203,000 of them children.

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How Is Unicef Responding To The Crisis In Afghanistan?

First and foremost, we are staying.

UNICEF has been in Afghanistan for 65 years. In that time, we’ve nurtured community networks and built trust in order to reach children with essential services, and have become experienced at delivering life-saving supplies in difficult circumstances. Our work for children and families in every region of the country continues even in the face of the escalating crisis.

Continuing this work and supporting the women and children of Afghanistan is more important than ever.  

With 11 offices in operation across the country, we are able to reach children on a wide scale, including the most disadvantaged.

In response to this crisis, we are scaling up our humanitarian response by providing:

  1. Emergency protection and safe spaces for women and children;
  2. Treatment for malnourished children through ready-to-use therapeutic food and mobile health teams;
  3. Safe water and sanitation supplies for internally displaced families;
  4. Life-saving vaccinations against COVID-19 and childhood diseases like polio.

 

"Despite all the unanswered questions that lie ahead, one thing is certain: UNICEF is here to stay and deliver for every child and every woman in Afghanistan. UNICEF has been here for 65 years and we’re not leaving."

UNICEF Afghanistan Representative Hervé Ludovic De Lys