The recent transfer of power from the former-Afghan government, following escalating violence, has caused immense uncertainty across Afghanistan and has put the lives of thousands of people at risk.
Hundreds of thousands have been displaced by conflict and drought this year alone, and food shortages abound. More than 18 million need aid—a number that has doubled since 2020.
After decades of conflict, the country is experiencing one of the fastest-growing humanitarian crises in the world—one that’s compounded by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. Fifty percent of Afghans in need are women and girls. But funding for humanitarian aid has fallen far short. The world must not turn its back on Afghanistan.
Here are three things you can do to help Afghanistan:
Donate to help Afghanistan
The IRC has been responding in Afghanistan since 1988 and we will stay as long as we are needed. We are raising much-needed funds to ensure our teams can continue to deliver lifesaving aid in areas of conflict, as well as to provide emergency cash assistance and protection services for internally displaced people in Kabul.
We support displaced families with shelter, clean water, sanitation and other basic necessities. We provide cash assistance and help people find livelihood opportunities. And we create safe learning spaces and offer community-based education, among other assistance.
Show Afghans your support
The IRC stands in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and our more than 1,700 staff there, most of them Afghans. One way you can show them your support is by sharing this post.
Learn more about the Afghanistan crisis
Afghanistan ranks second only to Yemen in the IRC's list of crises that are expected to deteriorate the most in 2021.
Throughout 2021 civilians bore the brunt of the conflict. The country is on pace to hit a record number of civilian deaths and injuries, with the majority being women and children.
Unless world leaders act, 2021 is on track to be the deadliest year for Afghans in over a decade. It is vital that civillians are protected, particularly women and girls. And aid workers must be able to reach those in need.