Afghanistan remains one of the most complex humanitarian situations in the world.

Over 3.5 million people have been displaced by conflict and remain inside the country, including nearly 700,000 since the beginning of 2021.

Afghanistan has suffered more than 40 years of conflict, natural disasters, chronic poverty and food insecurity. On top of this, the COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed Afghanistan’s health system and less than four percent of the entire population is fully vaccinated. 

Facing an ongoing humanitarian crisis, the resilience of refugees, internally displaced people and host communities is slowly reaching its limit.

Children pose for photographs in front of their tents at a camp for internally displaced families. © AVED TANVEER/AFP

"Utter devastation, which is unfolding in front of our eyes."
– UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch

We need your help today to prepare for the worst.


The number of civilian casualties has risen sharply since January 2021, according to UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, and an increasing proportion of women and children were among those targeted.

Tragically, the crisis is especially hard on children: more than 65 percent of Afghanistan’s 35 million people are young people.

Maryam* fled with her four children, parents and brother after opposition forces stormed the area and engaged in running battles with government forces.

Maryam and her family are now staying in Nawabad Farabi-ha camp in northern Afghanistan, where they live in a makeshift tent made from cloth and tied to sticks. Both Maryam and her mother are war widows, struggling to care for their family.

UNHCR core relief items, having made an overland journey in Pakistan, wait to enter Afghanistan via Pakistan’s Torkham border point. The materials are being urgently transported to meet the needs of internally displaced Afghans. © UNHCR/Shaheryar Anjum

UNHCR is committed to stay and deliver amidst the deteriorating situation and increasing displacement. 

We are supplying emergency shelter, food, health, water and sanitation support and cash assistance, despite challenges in accessing people in need.

Help us prepare so that we can protect these families who so desperately need support.


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UNHCR in Afghanistan is focussing on protection

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Shelter helps protect vulnerable displaced people

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Providing Shelter

UNHCR provides refugees with emergency shelter — tents, tarpaulins and demountable housing — in the immediate aftermath of displacement. More broadly, we are responsible for site planning and camp management to ensure refugee settlements are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. For those living outside camps, UNHCR funds the rehabilitation of communal shelters, the construction of new homes and rental assistance for those in urban situations. UNHCR also provides materials that displaced people need to build a home themselves under self-help schemes.

Providing Supplies

UNHCR distributes life-sustaining items such as mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, stoves and fuel, soap and other sanitary items to refugees under its care. These supplies are tailored to the specific needs of the refugee population: for example, winterisation kits are distributed in camps and communities where sub-zero temperatures occur. UNHCR maintains global stockpiles of core relief items for immediate delivery in emergency situations.

Providing Protection

Children and families fleeing violence, war, disaster or persecution can be very vulnerable. UNHCR supplies displaced people with essential items, food and shelter to protect them from having to make dangerous decisions to survive. On a larger scale, UNHCR negotiates safe passage, asylum spaces and humanitarian access, upholding the rights of refugees and minimising the threat of violence, including sexual assault.

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