Giving Hope for them Team will stays in Afghanistan

The current situation in Afghanistan is increasing suffering and humanitarian needs for millions of Afghans across the country. GHFT hopes to stay and scale up our aid. We ask for support to continue and increase our aid efforts

The impact of increasing levels of violence between Taliban and government forces in recent days and weeks has forced thousands to uproot and flee to safety. An estimated 550,000 people have been displaced since the start of the year, according to the United Nations, but actual numbers could be far higher.

The total number of displaced Afghans is now over 3.5 million. More than 18 million people in the country are in need of humanitarian assistance.  

“We will stay and deliver”

“We have temporarily paused our programming as the situation deteriorated rapidly but are doing our best to ensure that we can get back to work to reach those men, women, girls, and boys who need it most, including those displaced by the latest fighting, says Eileen McCarthy, GHFT Advocacy Manager for Afghanistan.

GHFT is preparing for a major crisis: “We are bracing ourselves for a major humanitarian crisis. Terrified families have been fleeing into Kabul in the past days. Camps are overcrowded and children are sleeping out in the open. Families are fighting over food. We fear this situation is being replicated across the country at an unprecedented pace,” says Tracey Van Heerden, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (GHFT) acting country director in Afghanistan.

One mother, Zahra Omari, told us how she had fled to Kabul from Kunduz province with her six children.

“When people started fleeing, I took my children and fled,” she said. “I didn’t even take milk for my ten-month-old daughter. We found a bus going to Kabul that had the seats removed to cram as many people as possible inside. It was full of frightened men, women and children.”

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