Afghanistan is reeling from the events of the past few months. The devastating earthquake of 21 June 2022 affected those living in the east of the country, which was already struggling because of numerous crises. The international community is gravely concerned about the general humanitarian emergency the entire country is now facing.
Even before last autumn’s Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the country was on the verge of collapse. The devastating earthquake of 21 June 2022 has had a severe impact on the people of eastern Afghanistan: according to current reports, more than 1,000 people are dead and over 1,500 injured. Some of our partner organisations were already actively running projects there and are now assessing how they can provide aid in the areas devastated by the earthquake.
The people of Afghanistan face other threats as well. Due to the economic crisis and a prolonged drought, an acute food shortage looms for millions of people. Cash has all but disappeared and most people lack access to medical care. The unavailability of vaccines has led to a smallpox epidemic. All these elements have been worsening for several months and the humanitarian situation throughout the country is nothing short of catastrophic.
Some of our partner organisations were already actively running projects there. We are in close contact with them to be able to best assess the current situation and needs.