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can provide a food pack for a displaced family in Afghanistan for a month
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Afghanistan Earthquake:

A deadly earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit Afghanistan on Saturday 7 October 2023, taking the lives of 2,000 people so far and thousands more injured.

The earthquake struck 40km northwest of the city of Herat in Afghanistan, where up to 3,000 families (10,000 individuals) and 12 villages near the city of Herat have been affected. Rescue operations are underway to save people trapped in debris.

Islamic Relief are on the ground responding to the disaster. Our Islamic Relief Afghanistan Health team based in Herat have travelled to the earthquake affected area to provide primary health assistance and conduct needs assessments. We are working closely with other responders and INGO’s to explore joint response opportunities.

Our teams will be providing health services, distributing tents, non-food items and cash vouchers to those most affected.

Image: destroyed villages in Herat, Afghanistan following the deadly 6.3 magnitude earthquake.

The on-going crisis in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been experiencing instability in the country since 2021, impacting levels of poverty, malnutrition and resulting in the collapse of basic services for Afghan civilians. As of April 2023, over 40% of its population are experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity.

This pushed Afghanistan into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Millions of lives are at stake, and children are already dying of hunger.

The situation unfolding in Afghanistan is the worst humanitarian crisis on earth

David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme

The situation in Afghanistan:

  • 12 million people facing extreme hunger
  • 8 million people just one step away from famine
  • 3 million children under five are expected to suffer from malnutrition

Afghan civilians have already been facing the brunt of economic instability for over two years, and with basic services having collapsed support for those impacted by the earthquake will be impacted.

The international community must continue to advocate for and deliver humanitarian aid provision and support for basic human needs through non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the UN agencies.  

Islamic Relief calls on all parties to ensure that the efficient provision of humanitarian aid is made possibleand unrestricted, prompt, secure, and unimpeded access for all humanitarian personnel, including women, is applied in accordance with international law. This applies to United Nations agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations, and other humanitarian actors 

Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement.

Hadith | Tirmidhi

Islamic Relief’s work in Afghanistan

Islamic Relief, a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), has been working in Afghanistan for over 20 years. Recently, our teams on the ground have distributed 13,061 food packs to the most vulnerable families in Kabul, Nangarhar, Balkh, Bamiyan, and Kapisa provinces. Qurbani meat distributions to over 10,000 families have also been carried out.

We are also running eight mobile health teams, which provide the only source of healthcare for many Afghans who are living in the country’s most remote rural areas. This includes hygiene and water storage kits, to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.

As Afghans anticipate the harshness of the winter season and what it has to bring, including a threat to their very survival, we are on the ground, distributing heaters and fuel, blankets, clothes, and shelter materials to thousands of families.

The psychological impact of the crisis unfolding, and years of conflict, is taking its toll on Afghan communities. We are also providing people with home visits, to help support their mental health during this unfathomable time.

We continue to raise awareness and support women facing gender-based violence. Our teams in the UK have also supported Afghan refugee families by providing hot meals and delivering essential sanitary items.

Islamic Relief Afghanistan distributed food pack containing flour, rice, oil, salt, sugar and pulses to 777 most vulnerable families in Kabul. The emergency response to food insecurity was funded by Islamic Relief Germany.

How will your donations help people in Afghanistan?

Alongside keeping the people of Afghanistan in our prayers, we have a duty to not turn our back on the people of Afghanistan. You can help ease the burden of this catastrophe for the Afghan people by donating towards our life-saving work in communities for displaced families across Afghanistan.

  • €60 can provide hygiene and water storage kits for a displaced family
  • €120 can provide a food pack for a displaced family for a month
  • €650 can provide a displaced family with emergency shelter

The difference your donations are making to the people of Afghanistan

With food insecurity at alarming levels in Afghanistan, many people are desperately seeking any kind of support — almost 45% of the population are badly affected. Thanks to your generous donations towards the Afghanistan Emergency Appeal, our teams on the ground have delivered food packs, supporting thousands of families, Alhamdulillah!

Donate to Afghanistan Emergency Appeal and help save lives.

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