Right now, families in Afghanistan are facing unprecedented levels of hunger and malnutrition.

Without enough food, communities are less able to fight infections and disease caused by poverty, Covid-19 and the cold weather.

The country is facing a humanitarian crisis, with 8 million people on the brink of famine.

With your support, we can help families facing extreme hunger in Afghanistan – and save lives this winter.

Your donation could help Afghan communities in urgent need by:

  • funding our mobile health and nutrition teams so they can treat families in hard-to-reach areas
  • paying for therapeutic milk used to treat children for severe acute malnutrition – the most life-threatening form of hunger
  • providing treatment for those suffering from medical complications caused by chronic hunger

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The crisis in Afghanistan

  • 22.8M

    55% of Afghanistan's population will face chronic hunger between November 2021 and March 2022.

  • 8M

    8 million people in Afghanistan are on the brink of famine – that's 20% of the population.

  • 3.2M

    Over 3 million Afghan children under five are expected to suffer from life-threatening hunger – with at least one million at risk of dying.

The situation in Afghanistan right now

Throughout 2020 and 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic has put immense strain on an already struggling health system. In August 2021, after foreign forces withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban advanced across the country to seize control and take power. This led to many people fleeing their homes – exacerbating chronic hunger and poverty.

Now, during the country’s worst drought in 27 years, the economy is collapsing and the price of food is skyrocketing. Winter has set in – snow is falling and temperatures are reaching -16⁰C in some areas.

Without immediate action, many families in Afghanistan won’t survive the winter. We need to act now.

“In Afghanistan people are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises that our generation has seen. It is horrible to realise that many of the people currently in need are not sure whether they will survive the harsh winter that is coming.

We can make a change, but only with the support of the international community and people like you.”

Mike Bonke, Country Director for Action Against Hunger in Afghanistan
A child is screened for malnutrition in Afghanistan.

Save lives today

Millions of lives are at risk as a humanitarian crisis grips Afghanistan.

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Please note: Your donation will go towards our humanitarian crisis response programmes in Afghanistan. Any funds raised over and above the needs of these programmes will go to our emergency response fund and used where help is needed most.

Photo credits: Kellie Ryan/International Rescue Committee UK (top image), Action Against Hunger (second image)