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WHAT IS THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN?

Afghanistan is facing multiple crises, including four years of prolonged conflict, a collapsing economy, rampant disease outbreaks, chronic poverty and the worst drought in nearly 40 years.

Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places to be a child. The critical health, nutrition, water, sanitation, education and protection services children and families rely on for survival are at risk of collapse. Half of all Afghan children under five are acutely malnourished. Because of rising food prices and the ongoing drought, more than 22.8 million people are at dangerous levels of food insecurity. It is predicted that 97% of Afghan families could be living below the poverty line by mid-2022. Millions are out of school, and thousands are suffering from preventable diseases such as measles and polio.

Millions of girls risk being permanently shut out of education, denying them the skills they need to build dignified, prosperous futures. In the face of crippling poverty and hunger, parents are being forced to make desperate choices. We are hearing reports of young daughters being exchanged for dowries, children forced to work, and infants being sold.

Right now, 13.1 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Afghanistan is a country on the brink of collapse, with disastrous consequences for children. Please Donate Now.

UNICEF REMAINS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE TO THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN AND WILL CONTINUE TO REACH VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WITH URGENT, LIFE-SAVING SERVICES.

How Is Unicef Responding To The Crisis In Afghanistan?

First and foremost, we are staying.

We’ve been in Afghanistan for more than 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 10 offices in operation across the country, we are able to reach children on a wide scale, including the most disadvantaged.

HOW YOUR DONATION WILL HELP AFGHANISTAN

In 2022, we aim to reach 15 million people, including 8 million children, with humanitarian assistance, including:

  • Treating children suffering from severe acute malnutrition
  • Vaccinating children against measles
  • Providing safe water and sanitation supplies
  • Helping children resume their learning
  • Using cash transfers to meet the basic needs of women and children
  • Supporting frontline workers such as teachers and health care providers

"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