Situation Report

The recent transfer of power has caused immense uncertainty across Afghanistan and is compounding a decades-long humanitarian crisis that has more than 18 million people in need of humanitarian aid. The deteriorating situation has put Afghans in danger, with women and girls bearing the brunt of the violence. The International Rescue Committee has launched a $10 million appeal to support its urgently needed work.
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“Afghans must not pay twice over for failures of the international community: first for war and now for neglect. While international attention has been understandably focused on evacuations, 40 million Afghans remain in a country on the verge of a humanitarian meltdown.

David Miliband, International Rescue Committee president and CEO

International Rescue Committee

Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and rebuild. They now work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas.

The IRC began work in Afghanistan in 1998, launching relief programmes for people displaced by the invasion of the Soviet Union. It continued to provide aid under Taliban rule and expanded its community development projects after the Taliban was ousted. It now works with thousands of villages across nine provinces.
Afghans make up more than 99% of IRC staff in the country. In recent years, the IRC has become one of the leaders in women’s protection and empowerment in the country.

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How the IRC is Helping

  • providing uprooted families with tents, clean water, sanitation and other basic necessities.
  • supporting over 100 health facilities, installs hand-washing stations in local communities.
  • providing information and training sessions about COVID-19
  • providing safe learning spaces in rural areas
  • helping people find employment working with local communities to identify, plan and manage their own development projects.