Afghanistan Crisis Appeal
Afghanistan is in crisis. Millions of people are coping with decades of conflict and the health and socio-economic impacts of drought and the Covid-19 pandemic have seen the number of people in need dramatically increase.
Concern has worked in Afghanistan for 23 years and is committed to continuing our work. Our focus is to work with the most vulnerable communities as the country goes through this extremely difficult period.
Even before the recent unprecedented change in context across the country, 18.4 million people were depending on humanitarian assistance.
- more than one-third of the country is facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity
- nearly half of all children under five are expected to face acute malnutrition
Due to the ongoing instability and conflict, the number of civilian casualties and the number of newly displaced people continues to rise. The human toll of the conflict is immense, particularly for women and children.
When families flee they often have no choice but to escape quickly, with very few or no possessions and leaving behind the livelihoods upon which they rely. In search of safety, families are left without access to food, shelter and essential items we take for granted.
The humanitarian situation and the wellbeing of the Afghan people must remain a priority for everyone.
A central focus of Concern’s work is to support communities to withstand the multiple and varied shocks caused by the ongoing conflict, as well as the existing humanitarian crisis, a situation worsened by drought and the Covid-19 pandemic.
The humanitarian situation and the wellbeing of the Afghan people remains our priority as well as the safety of our staff. We are currently assessing the impact of the evolving and fluid situation on our programmes and the communities that we have been working with. Over the last number of years, our teams have provided emergency Survival Kits containing shelter, cooking and hygiene essentials, as well as vital cash transfers, to help families buy food and other necessities. What Afghan communities need now, most of all, is reassurance that the international community will not abandon them.
Concern will stay in Afghanistan and we will deliver. As long as our staff are safe and secure, we are committed to reaching people in need and continuing our work with some of the poorest and most marginalised communities.
Our impact last year
extremely vulnerable people supported in 78 emergencies
people reached through our health interventions
people reached, in 23 of the world's poorest countries