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. We are also rolling out a major distribution of food, household goods, income supports, and education materials to help over 9,000 people in Afghanistan, ahead of the arrival of severe winter weather in the coming weeks.
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 years of instability and conflict, the number of civilian casualties and the number of newly displaced people are high. 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 years of conflict, as well as the existing humanitarian crisis, a situation worsened by drought and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Concern’s team on the ground in the north and northeast of the country are focusing on addressing a number of key needs. In recent months this has included:
- Distributing non-food items such as cooking utensils, solar lamps, laundry and hand soap, and blankets to families;
- Distributing chickens, food for the chickens and hencoop construction materials to families to help provide both food and income;
- Cash-for-work schemes are being used to provide income supports for families, strengthen local flood protection measures and expand land stabilisation programmes.
- Distributing education materials including pens, textbooks, pencils, and bags to children in community-based education programmes and to adult literacy students.
Alongside the humanitarian response, Concern continues to respond to longer-term development needs, through education for primary school-age boys and girls and by strengthening livelihoods for very poor and vulnerable people.
But 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