“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.”
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.