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Rapidly escalating hunger crisis in Afghanistan - Donate Now

Rapidly escalating hunger crisis in Afghanistan - Donate Now

Following the violence which forced more than 670,000 people to flee their homes in 2021, Afghanistan has descended deeper into an already alarming crisis – made worse by drought, rising food prices, COVID-19, and economic decline.

People are in urgent need of food, water, shelter, and protection, with around sixty per cent of the country’s population – more than 19 million people – going to bed hungry each night.

“The triple crisis of the economic hardship created by the pandemic, drought and the current insecurity leaves women in an incredibly difficult situation,” says Marianne O’Grady, CARE Afghanistan’s Deputy Country Director. “CARE is deeply concerned that hard-won gains by women and girls are being rolled back.”

Please give now, to help lifesaving humanitarian assistance reach the most vulnerable families affected by the crisis in Afghanistan.

Afghan families making horrific choices so they can put food on the table 

Marianne O’Grady – CARE’s Afghanistan Deputy Country Director has shared some insight into the experiences in Afghanistan for millions of people right now;  

“They go to bed hungry. They wake up hungry. Everyone in the house wakes up hungry… The winter is setting in. Growing food is impossible. Buying food is getting harder, as prices have skyrocketed… Almost 23 million people – more than half the population of Afghanistan – are facing acute hunger this winter. That’s the equivalent of almost every single person in Australia being hungry almost all the time.”

“Many parents in Afghanistan are being forced to make the most horrific choices to keep their family members alive, and it’s usually the girls who suffer the consequences.  We have seen the reports of baby girls being sold so families have money to buy food. Young girls are being married off so there is one less mouth to feed.” 

We simply cannot stand back and watch this happen. We must act like lives depend on it, because they do. More funding is urgently needed to support the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people like Zarghona (45);

“I can’t sleep at night. I’m concerned about my children. I am afraid we will all die because of  hunger.” 

What CARE is doing

CARE Afghanistan has reached 11,359 people with emergency supplies and cash so they can afford food, shelter, and protection. This will also support the local economy and the livelihoods of host communities, which have been severely impacted as well by the worsening crisis.

CARE also will provide hygiene kits to prevent further risks of COVID-19 transmission.

The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide and advocate for immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the crisis in Afghanistan. This includes:

  • Critical emergency relief assistance, such as food, water, sanitation, shelter, health, and protection
  • Longer-term assistance, with a focus on protection, education, health, shelter, water and sanitation, and livelihoods
  • Support as possible and needed for those displaced both internally and across international borders by the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

CARE has worked in Afghanistan since 1961. We are a trusted provider of humanitarian assistance, with strong relationships in local communities. Today, we work both directly and through local partners.

Our response work so far

The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the crisis in Afghanistan. This includes:

  • Critical emergency relief assistance, such as food, water, sanitation, shelter, health, and protection
  • Longer-term assistance, with a focus on protection, education, health, shelter, water and sanitation, and livelihoods
  • Support as possible and needed for those displaced both internally and across international borders by the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

CARE has worked in Afghanistan since 1961. We are a trusted provider of humanitarian assistance, with strong relationships in local communities. Today, we work both directly and through local partners.

Please give now, to help lifesaving humanitarian assistance reach the most vulnerable families affected by the crisis in Afghanistan.

Donate by phone

Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Should the funds raised through an emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond CARE’s control which limit its ability to utilise all funds in the affected areas, CARE will direct excess funds to other emergency relief activities in the future.
Monthly donation will go to emergency relief & preparedness activities where it is needed most.

Image credit: OCHA/Linda Tom