The people of Afghanistan are facing catastrophic hunger. Donations to our appeal are providing life-saving aid.
people are one step away from famine, with 19 million acutely food insecure
children are acutely malnourished, putting their lives at risk
An earthquake struck Paktika province in the south-west of Afghanistan on June 22, causing large scale damage and reportedly killing at least 1,000 people and injuring 3,000. DEC charities are drawing on funds from this appeal as part of their response while continuing to help families across the country to survive the hunger crisis.
Ali, an Afghan father whose family benefited from donations to the DEC appeal. Image: Muhammad Muhsen Rasekh/DEC
‘We managed to cook and survive’
Ali depends on work as a day labourer to feed his children in Afghanistan, but work has become scarce. “I can’t provide food three times a day," he says. "Sometimes they just get to eat half a meal because there is no work.”
Like many Afghan parents, Ali had been forced to consider desperate measures to provide food. “Had the assistance not arrived,” he says, “I would have had no choice but to sell my daughter or son in order to save the rest of them.”
Thanks to donations to this appeal, Ali’s family received food packages and cooking utensils from DEC charity Islamic Relief to see them through the lean winter months. "We managed to cook and survive,” he says.
Aid workers for the Afghan Red Crescent move sacks of food aid in November 2021. Image: Afghan Red Crescent/Meer Abdullah
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The latest on the appeal and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Earthquake adds to suffering in Afghanistan where over 6.6 million people are on the brink of famine
23 June 2022
The deadly earthquake in Afghanistan's Paktika province has killed over 1,000 people and injured at least 1,500 more.
Several DEC member charities are responding to help people affected and are drawing on donations to this appeal. DEC charities were already active in Paktika and neighbouring provinces where they are providing life-saving aid in response to the ongoing hunger crisis.
Afghanistan is prone to natural disasters, with around 560 people dying every year due to earthquakes, but this one is particularly severe and has caused large scale damage in a remote and impoverished province.
The food crisis remains severe in Afghanistan, with 6.6 million people one step away from famine and a million children acutely malnourished, putting their lives at risk. The situation remains dire as the conflict in Ukraine causes food prices to spike and another failed harvest looks likely.
The DEC Afghanistan Crisis Appeal has raised £48 million to date and remains open for donations. Please donate today to help save lives.
BBC News Afghanistan quake: Many children killed in disaster, doctors say
23 June 2022
Doctors in Afghanistan have told the BBC that many children may have been killed in Wednesday's earthquake.
More than 1,000 people died in the disaster and heavy rain, threadbare resources and rugged terrain are hampering rescue workers.
Unknown numbers were buried in the rubble of ruined, often mud-built homes by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake.
How donations are helping people in Afghanistan
16 June 2022
Donations to the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal have allowed the 13 DEC members who are responding to the crisis to scale up their emergency support over the past six months.
With funds from the appeal they are providing emergency cash; life-saving shelter, fuel and blankets to help families survive the harsh Afghan winter; food packages and cash for food; access to healthcare including support for malnourished children; and water, sanitation and hygiene services, for tens of thousands of people.
BBC News: Struggling to survive in cash-starved Afghanistan
22 April 2022
'Five-year-old Fazlur Rahman has a stage four tumour in his neck and Afghan doctors are battling to prolong his young life with chemotherapy.
He lies in an overcrowded and under-resourced cancer ward in Kabul's Jamhuriat hospital, one of just three cancer centres still functioning in the country.
At the hospital you can see the impact aid is having, but also why more is needed.'