Afghanistan Tents Earthquake Damage
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Afghanistan Emergency

Families are struggling to survive after devastating earthquakes flattened entire villages in western Afghanistan.

Two 6.3-magnitude earthquakes struck Herat Province on 7 and 11 October. Thousands have been killed or injured and many more have lost their homes and livelihoods.

UNHCR's dedicated teams are on the ground delivering emergency supplies, but much more support is needed. Afghan families urgently require shelter, potable water, latrines and warm clothing.

UNHCR staff on the ground report that some people are sleeping outside in fear of further tremors. Some have not eaten a warm meal since the first earthquake on 7 October.

This disaster comes on top of years of conflict, drought and economic hardship. With winter approaching, your support is vital.

Give today to provide life-saving assistance to people affected by the earthquake.

By donating today, you can help families in Afghanistan access:

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Relief items
Afghan refugees use water taps in a UNHCR refugee camp.
Clean water
Eight-month-old Barkatullah*, who is suffering from malnutrition, is comforted by his mother Zarbibi at Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital in Kabul.
Health care
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Shelter kits

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