Afghanistan's children have endured decades of conflict and suffering, and we are gravely concerned for their safety and well-being.
Millions of children in Afghanistan are facing extreme hunger, exploitation, a loss of their education, and endless disease outbreaks. It’s a humanitarian catastrophe. 14 million children are in need of support.
Families are taking desperate measures to survive. Parents are withdrawing their children from school and sending them to work. Children are 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.
Children are sad, worried and scared, but they haven’t lost hope. Now is not the time to turn our backs on Afghanistan’s children.
We have been helping children in Afghanistan for over 40 years. We won't stop now.
Save the Children is gravely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children in Afghanistan. Crippling drought and the economic crisis are the key drivers pushing Afghanistan to the brink of collapse, with food prices, unemployment and poverty skyrocketing.
Children are going to bed hungry night after night. They’re exhausted and wasting away. They are unable to play, learn and just be children.
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, children in Afghanistan have known nothing but conflict.
We have been working in Afghanistan since 1976 to deliver life-saving services to children and their families.
Since the Taliban banned women from working for any international or national non-government organisations in Afghanistan, Save the Children has had to pause its programme activities because women are essential for the safe and effective delivery of our services. We can only keep children safe, provide life-saving healthcare, and provide children with opportunities to learn and develop with the help of our female colleagues.