The crisis in Afghanistan
Years of protracted conflict, climate change and now the current political turmoil has pushed Afghanistan to the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. Millions of lives are at stake.
23 million people – more than half of the population – now face acute food insecurity
Many families are running out of food and children are increasingly malnourished. The country’s economy is collapsing, plunging people deeper into poverty. As a harsh winter looms, the situation is getting more desperate by the day. There is a real risk of famine next year if action is not taken now.
We are facing a race against time and funds are rapidly needed to support vulnerable families by providing life-saving aid ahead of winter. Your donations are desperately needed to help provide emergency relief in Afghanistan, please Donate Now.
How will your donations help people in Afghanistan?
Alongside keeping the people of Afghanistan in your prayers, you can help ease the burden by making a donation towards our life-saving work in communities for displaced families across Afghanistan.
£50 can provide hygiene and water storage kits for a displaced family
£100 can provide a food pack for a displaced family for a month
£550 can provide a displaced family with emergency shelter
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement.” (Tirmidhi)
Afghanistan Appeal: Islamic Relief is on the ground
Islamic Relief has been working in Afghanistan for over 20 years. Recently, our teams on the ground have distributed 13,061 food packs to the most vulnerable families in Kabul, Nangarhar, Balkh, Bamiyan, and Kapisa provinces. Qurbani meat distributions to over 10,000 families have also been carried out.
Our Covid-19 response in Afghanistan has reached over 308,514 people, and we continue to raise awareness and support women facing gender-based violence. Our teams in the UK have also supported Afghan refugee families by providing hot meals and delivering essential sanitary items.
Donate Now and help us continue our life-saving work.
How your donations are making a difference to the people of Afghanistan
With food insecurity at alarming levels in Afghanistan, many people are desperately seeking any kind of support — almost 45% of the population are badly affected. Thanks to your generous donations towards the Afghanistan Emergency Appeal, our teams on the ground have delivered almost 800 food packs, supporting over 5,400 people, Alhamdulillah! Donate to Afghanistan Emergency Appeal and help save lives.
Why the people of Afghanistan need your help
Some Afghan women are going days without food as the country’s hunger crisis worsens by the day, Islamic Relief is warning.
Many people are getting increasingly desperate as food runs out, prices skyrocket and unemployment rises. With at least 12 million people facing extreme hunger and more than 3 million people just one step away from famine, it is imperative that food and other essential aid reaches these communities immediately, or the death toll could be catastrophic.
Mohammed Hamid Sattai, Islamic Relief’s Humanitarian Programme Coordinator in Afghanistan, said:
“The food situation is dire and getting worse by the day. The shops have finally reopened but prices have skyrocketed 10 to 20 per cent in little more than a week. People could barely put food on the table before but now many families are going down to one meal a day, with many women and children not even getting this.
“Women often eat last and least anyway in poor families, but when food is scarce women will take less and less food and in some cases will have no food at all. When there is no meal for the mother, then there is even less for the children and this causes long-term health complications. The ongoing uncertainty means that most crucial aid efforts remain frozen even as the needs are growing. If urgent action isn’t taken soon to get food to those in need, we will see a flood of anaemic mothers and severely malnourished children.
“We are already seeing people so desperate that they are asking shops to give them leftover leaves from vegetables that they don’t normally sell and picking flowers to make thin soups.”