Decades of war has meant that every child in Afghanistan has grown up knowing fear and suffering. And now, their future looks desperate.
Half of the children in Afghanistan are in urgent need of humanitarian support – basics like food, shelter and medical supplies. One in 16 children die before their 5th birthday. And this year, hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes. Yet we fear the situation is about to get catastrophically worse.
Hunger levels are rising, with increasing food prices and the combined effects of drought, the COVID-19 pandemic and disruption to aid efforts. And winter is on its way.
We have been helping children in Afghanistan for over 40 years. We won't stop now. We are providing vital items such as clothes for children, blankets, and household items to displaced families. But, as evacuations end and media attention risks moving on, Afghan children urgently need your help.
How you can help Afghan children today?
Sign the petition and ask your government to urgently increase aid to Afghan children.
If you want to go one step further, donate to our Children's Emergency Fund now to help children in crisis, in Afghanistan and around the world.
In order to protect children, resume the delivery of life-saving services and see an end to the conflict, Save the Children is calling on world leaders to:
Ensure all parties to the conflict to abide by international humanitarian law and protect against the harm or loss of life to all civilian populations. This includes supporting and enabling the safe passage of refugees and access for humanitarian aid so they can reach those in need.
“We eat dry bread night and day. If we don’t have that, we go to sleep hungry.”
Save the Children is gravely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children in Afghanistan.
Afghan children are on the brink of famine. Even before recent weeks, Afghanistan already had the second-highest number of people facing starvation in the world. An estimated 5.5 million Afghan children were already projected to face crisis levels of hunger in the second half of this year.
Recurring natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides and droughts have made matters worse. Leaving over half of Afghan people are living in poverty and 42% of children out of school.
We have been working in Afghanistan since 1976 to deliver life-saving services to children and their families. In 2020 alone, your support meant we could reach over 1.6 million people in Afghanistan with health, education, child protection, nutrition and livelihoods services.
Please help children affected by the crisis in Afghanistan now and in emergencies around the world by donating to our children's emergency fund today.
All children have a right to live in a world free from violence, to be able to go to school, to play with their friends and feel safe within their families and communities. But Afghan children have known nothing but conflict.
Recurring natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides and droughts have made matters worse. The figures are shocking: Over half of Afghan people are living in poverty. 38% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition. 42% of children are out of school.
All children have a right to live in a world free from violence, to be able to go to school, to play with their friends and feel safe within their families and communities. But, Afghan children have known nothing but conflict.
In recent years, we’ve worked to help Afghanistan significantly reduce child deaths, malnutrition, children out of school, child marriage and teen births. Thanks to people like you, in 2020 we reached: