The IRC began working with Afghan refugees in Pakistan in 1980.
Girls' education is one of the key parts of our work in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has suffered three decades of conflict and natural disasters such as drought and famine.
The IRC works with communities across Afghanistan as they plan and manage their own development.
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Currently working in seven of the country’s 34 provinces, the IRC’s in-country staff is 99% Afghan.
The International Rescue Committee has been supporting the Afghan people in their fight against displacement and poverty for the last three decades. During the Soviet occupation the IRC operated from 1980 to 1988 in Pakistan assisting large numbers of refugees. Then in 1988, the IRC expanded operations to work inside Afghanistan to assist people affected by conflict, natural disaster, and poverty, including displaced people and returnees.
The Afghan people have endured three decades of wide-scale conflict, and at the same time have suffered from frequent natural calamities such as droughts, floods and earthquakes. The IRC focuses on emergency preparedness as well as longer term development programming. Currently working in nine of the country’s 34 provinces, the IRC’s staff is 99% Afghan.