Afghanistan flood emergency
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Afghanistan Emergency

Families in Afghanistan have been devastated by flooding and urgently need your support. Donate now to provide emergency shelter and supplies.

Afghans are grappling with the aftermath of flash flooding that struck the northeast of the country from 10-11 May.

180 people are confirmed dead and nearly 300 more are injured. The number of casualties is expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue. Homes, healthcare facilities and schools have also been damaged in the wake of the floods.

This is just the latest disaster to strike the country. Decades of conflict, natural disaster and economic hardship have had a devastating impact on Afghanistan. Half the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.

In the wake of these floods, UNHCR is on the ground delivering life-saving aid. Our teams are providing emergency tents and other relief items such as blankets, kitchen sets and clothing.

But as the people of Afghanistan face crisis after crisis, more help is urgently needed.

Please donate now to provide life-saving aid to vulnerable families in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Emergency

Your gift can provide emergency aid such as tents, blankets and solar lamps for Afghan families in need.

Afghanistan Tents Earthquake Damage
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Afghanistan is facing one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.

In October 2023, two powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquakes struck Herat Province, forcing families to flee their homes. Thousands of Afghans who fled to Pakistan have also been forced to return home, straining already limited resources.

Many are struggling to survive in appalling conditions, living in flimsy shelters and with little access to food and water. Women and girls lack opportunities for education and employment, making them more vulnerable to gender-based violence and early marriage.

Fatima* and her family fled their hometown in Bamyan province to escape the fighting. When she moved back with her three children, she had no money for rent and moved into a cave.

“We had nowhere else to go,” she says. “We couldn’t afford to pay any rent.”

UNHCR provided Fatima and her family with cash assistance to help pay for everyday expenses including food and clothing.

“Everything you see here, I have bought with the money UNHCR provided. If I didn’t get this help, my situation would be terrible.”

Fatima, 29, internally displaced in Afghanistan

Afghanistan_Vulnerable Family Living In Cave Cliffs Receive Financial Support From UNHCR
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Essential Items

Your gift can provide essential items including tents, blankets, solar lamps and hygiene kits for families who’ve lost everything.

Emergency Shelter

Your gift can provide emergency shelter to protect a family displaced by conflict or natural disaster.

Cash Assistance

Your gift can provide cash assistance to help families buy food and medicine.

“It is very difficult when we think about the future. We don’t have food and we don’t have money to rebuild our homes. Please support us.”

Imam Uddin, father of five, internally displaced in Afghanistan 

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About Afghanistan Crisis

What is happening in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan has suffered more than 40 years of conflict, natural disasters, poverty and food insecurity. These ongoing challenges have stretched the resilience of refugees, internally displaced people and host communities to their limits.

Over 500,000 people have returned to Afghanistan after Pakistan announced the repatriation of undocumented foreigners, worsening the country’s severe humanitarian crisis.

Where have displaced Afghans fled to?

Most displacement in 2021 and 2022 has been internal – Afghan civilians are being forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in other parts of the country.  

Outside Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have generously hosted Afghan refugees for many years and granted them access to health and education.

UNHCR appreciates the generous hospitality neighbouring countries have shown asylum-seekers for over four decades and is calling on all countries to suspend the forced return of Afghan nationals. Now, thousands of Afghans who were living in Pakistan are returning in fear and haste, after Pakistan announced the repatriation of undocumented foreigners.

How can I help Afghan refugees?

You can help Afghan refugees fleeing the country and internally displaced people by making a donation.

How is aid getting into the country?

By road and by air. Throughout the crisis, UNHCR has continued to get humanitarian supplies into the country through the Pakistan border. When needs increased after August 2021, UNHCR opened a new road route in the north from Uzbekistan.

Is aid reaching the people who need it?

Yes. UNHCR is distributing relief items like cooking sets, blankets and hygiene supplies to Afghan families. Our teams are also providing shelter support and cash assistance so the most vulnerable families can purchase their basic needs. These supplies have helped people to survive but competing humanitarian needs and huge number of arrivals makes for a difficult time ahead.

What is UNHCR doing to help?

UNHCR is providing displaced families with shelter support, cash assistance and relief items including blankets, solar lamps and heating appliances. Our teams are also providing protection, healthcare and legal support to returning Afghan nationals at the border and beyond.

Where can I access the latest data and reports?

Afghanistan Situation Portal – for the latest updates on the situation overall, including UNHCR situation reports, funding requirements and UNHCR’s support for neighbouring countries taking in refugees from Afghanistan.

*Names changed for protection reasons

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The majority of funds raised by Aotearoa New Zealand for UNHCR are directed to UNHCR’s emergency operations, providing the ready funds and resources to respond quickly and effectively in situations of crisis and disaster.

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