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Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

People are starving in Afghanistan. Donate now to help families survive winter.

People are starving in Afghanistan, with more than 8 million on the brink of famine.

Drought, the war in Afhghanistan and the Covid-19 pandemic are causing a catastrophic rise in hunger. Children are dying today, and a million more under the age of five are at risk of dying over the next three months. We need to act now to save lives.

Decades of conflict, poverty, and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic were already taking their toll on the people of Afghanistan.

The recent conflict and change of government, coupled with the worst drought in 27 years, have tipped the country over the edge into humanitarian crisis. Economic collapse has sent food prices soaring. Afghanistan’s health care system has reached the brink of collapse.

If we don’t act now, many lives could be lost. More than 22 million people face going hungry as the freezing winter sets in, with children amongst those most vulnerable.

How your support will help

Christian Aid's partners are on the ground scaling up their operations and are able to reach the people most in need. With your support, they and their local partners can:

  • provide emergency food and nutrition support for children
  • support healthcare facilities
  • provide winter kits to help displaced families stay warm
  • supply clean drinking water
  • protect women and girls

People need help now.

Save lives

Afghanistan is heading for catastrophe this winter. More than 8 million people are on the brink of famine. Please donate now.

Christian Aid partner delivers food aid in Afghanistan

Afghanistan, 26 December 2021: A Christian Aid partner delivers food - Christian Aid

Our response: January 2022 update

Christian Aid is responding to Afghanistan’s hunger crisis in three provinces currently facing food shortages and coping with large numbers of people displaced by conflict. Through two local partners, Christian Aid will provide food packages to around 17,000 people in need of life-saving support after being displaced by conflict. We will also provide over 850 pregnant women, new mothers and malnourished infants with additional nutritional support.

With additional money raised through the DEC Afghanistan appeal, Christian Aid will widen its response to six provinces working through three local partners. Vulnerable displaced families will be supported with food, cash for rent. heating fuel and food, as well as blankets and winter clothing to help families cope with freezing temperatures.

The most critical needs, according to our partners:

  • food insecurity and malnutrition
  • lack of livelihoods
  • fuel, clothing and blankets to help protect against hypothermia, acute respiratory infections and death
  • water and sanitation
  • gender based violence protection
  • Covid awareness raising programmes

Thanks to your generous support of our Global Hunger Appeal, our partners have been able to carry out some humanitarian distributions.

We are extremely concerned about the winter months ahead. The days are getting colder and we are witnessing suffering like never before; children begging on the streets, women forced to sell their clothes in order to buy thick, winter blankets. We are faced with just two hours of electricity per day, so people are struggling to heat their homes. Those who have fled the violence are forced to live in tents.

- Christian Aid staff member in Afghanistan.

Prayer for Afghanistan

Come, Jesus… 

Come, our Saviour, 

come to all the people in Afghanistan, 

in this bleakest of winters. 

Come, with food and water, 

to feed the hungry and refresh the thirsty ones. 

  

Come, once a child yourself, 

come to the children and the babies, 

when so many cry with hunger pangs 

and parents would give everything to feed them. 

  

Come, the peace bearer, 

come and bring your shalom to this land 

after forty years of brutal war. 

Come to those displaced and uprooted, 

to a people fearful and vulnerable to violence. 

  

Come, the light in our night, 

come to families cold and shivering, 

when infection passes from one to another, 

while the economy is broken, 

and creation groans in pain. 

  

For all people, of all faiths, 

to all children of every family, 

in all the places where mothers weep and children cry, 

come, God made vulnerable flesh, 

to touch your world with true hope once more. 

  

Turn our sorrow at the suffering of children, 

and our determination that hate will not win, 

into something we can do. 

Take the money we give and the prayers we pray, 

and stir in us, and in all your people, 

whatever is needed for a new world to come. 

  

From the depths of a bitter winter, 

may hope spring. 

Written by Rev Dr Susan Durber, Moderator, Faith and Order Commission, WCC

Amen

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