As they flee the current situation, many more people are becoming displaced. How can we support them?
The situation in Afghanistan has led to a mass migration of the population as they seek safety and refuge. Through our current Global Hunger Emergency Appeal and the support of our local partners, we have been able to offer some relief so far - but more will be needed.
Already this year, approximately 550,000 people have become displaced, in addition to the 2.9 million Afghans already internally displaced at the end of 2020, as a result of decades of conflict.
So far, our partners have been able to offer help by distributing food and hygiene kits.
However, the current events we see in Afghanistan only exacerbate the already existing problems which the Afghan people face – food insecurity, poverty, Covid – and make the need for further humanitarian assistance more vital.
In regions where famine is likely, we're supporting thousands of Afghan internally displaced people (IDPs) through a hunger appeal launched in July.
The events currently unfolding mean the Afghan people need our support more than ever. Please donate to our Global Hunger Emergency Appeal.
Join with us in calling on the UK Government to support people in Afghanistan, their neighbouring countries, and to welcome those seeking refuge in the UK.
This prayer was written by Ramani Leathard, Christian Aid's Head of Region for South East Asia and Afghanistan.
'The situation is dire... but we won't desert now'
Subrata De, Christian Aid’s country manager in Afghanistan, says:
'The situation is dire and more support will be required for poor and marginalised communities in the coming days. Christian Aid has been working in Afghanistan for thirty years and we will not desert now.
We’re doing all we can to continue distributions of food and emergency supplies to the most affected communities.
We hope that humanitarian access will remain, especially access to women and girls in the communities as we are very concerned about their safety.'