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A crisis on top of a crisis.

Afghanistan's children have endured decades of conflict and suffering. Nearly three years since the Taliban regained control in Afghanistan, conditions for children and their families are even more catastrophic.

A perfect storm of climate disasters, a severe economic crisis and the collapse of essential services have led to one of the worst food crises ever recorded. Now, the recent flash floods and torrential rains in Northern Afghanistan which have killed at least 200 people and left about 40,000 children without a home present a crisis on top of a crisis.

These devastating floods comes as the country is already enduring its worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory. Unprecedented levels of hunger and malnutrition combined with the worst drought in 30 years and a crippling economic crisis have left 2 out of 3 people in need of assistance. 3.2 million children under 5 are currently facing acute malnutrition.  

It’s a humanitarian catastrophe.

Families are taking desperate measures to survive. Parents are withdrawing their children from school and sending them to work. In some extreme cases, children are being sold to cover debts or to buy food for other children in the family. It’s a heart-breaking dilemma for parents but they are left with little choice.

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Life in Afghanistan Since the Taliban Returned to Power
Children in Afghanistan are going hungry. Decades of conflict, poverty and drought have pushed the people of Afghanistan into a humanitarian catastrophe. Read the stories of Afghanistan's hungry children.

Shayesta's* Story.

1-year-old Shayesta* lives with her mother Zahida*, her father Khalid*, and her eight siblings in a rural village in northern Afghanistan.

Life is extremely difficult for the family. Zahida and Khalid often struggle to feed their children. There are no jobs in their village, so Khalid travels to the closest city to find employment, but it is often unreliable. Most days the family survive on tea and bread alone.

Our biggest problem in life is a lack of food, water and bread. If there is no bread, people will die of hunger. If there is no water, on these hot summer days, people will die from thirst. All people rush to wells for water - they even fight over the water.” said Khalil*

Afghanistan is experiencing the worst drought it has seen for 30 years which has caused crops to fail, livestock to die and put food and water further out of reach for children and their families.

The Save the Children Mobile Health Team visit the family’s village once a week, providing primary, newborn and maternal healthcare, nutrition and mental health services. Thanks to these doctors, Shayesta is now being treated for malnutrition.

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Our work in Afghanistan.

We have been working in Afghanistan since 1976 to deliver life-saving services to children and their families.

Since August 2021, Save the Children has been scaling up its response in Afghanistan to support the increasing number of children in need.

We’re delivering health, nutrition, education, child protection, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene and food security, and livelihood support.

Save the Children’s Emergency Fund has allowed Save the Children to continue providing life-saving healthcare for children and their families when they need it most.

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