Afghanistan is ranked second on the 2021 Emergency Watchlist Report. More than 18.4 million people need help, many of them being women and children.
Threats facing Afghans include climate change causing droughts across the country, the conflict between the Taliban and the government, and the spread of Covid-19 across the nation. After more than 40 years of humanitarian crises, more people than ever need urgent assistance from charities working in Afghanistan.
Conflict in Afghanistan
The most urgent threat facing Afghans is from the ongoing conflict. Whilst the U.S. agreed to pull troops out of Afghanistan, the threat from the Taliban remains as talks between the militant group and the Afghan government have stalled the peace process. This means thousands – if not millions – of Afghans are likely to be internally displaced, injured or even killed in the crossfire. Estimates point to as many as 500,000 people being set to flee their area due to the conflict. Still, with more than 654,000 undocumented people expected to make their way back to Afghanistan by 2022, the number of refugees fleeing could well exceed estimates.
Our teams frequently enter dangerous zones in Afghanistan to provide aid, but we need your donations to continue to reach those who need us the most and keep up with demand.
Widespread Food Insecurity
On top of the conflict, over 14 million Afghans do not know where their next meal is coming from. Two million of these people are kids aged five and under. These high levels of food insecurity can be attributed to several factors, including climate change. Droughts are plaguing the country and are typically followed by intense flash floods, making growing essential crops almost impossible. Wheat production is expected to decline by 31% over the year, with the issue projected to worsen every lean season.
Moreover, because of the pandemic, the price of food is rising and most of those who work in the informal sector are not getting paid and can’t purchase any food. The situation is particularly bleak for children, with one in four pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers being malnourished and one in two children being classified as acutely malnourished.
Food shortages have led to some over 14 million people living in desperate need of food aid. Much of our Afghanistan charity work is around distributing essential food packages. Still, with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing the price of basic commodities up, many more people have been plunged into poverty and need our help.
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