The people of Afghanistan are in the grip of one of the world’s worst crises. 

Afghanistan has suffered more than 40 years of conflict, natural disasters, chronic poverty and food insecurity. Facing an ongoing humanitarian crisis, the resilience of refugees, internally displaced people and host communities is slowly reaching its limit. 

In June 2022, an earthquake in south-east Afghanistan killed at least 1,000 people and left many more injured amid large-scale destruction.

The earthquake struck Paktika and Khost provinces, where tens of thousands of people have already been displaced by conflict.

Tragically, this is just the latest in a series of emergencies to hit the country, and displaced people are among the most vulnerable.

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

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In 2021, 700,000 people like Maryam were forced from their homes due to conflict.

Maryam* fled her home last year 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. 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 has been on the ground in Afghanistan for decades and continues to deliver life-saving aid, shelter and protection to people forced to flee.

We are supplying emergency shelter, basic items such as sleeping mats and blankets, and cash assistance so families can buy food and medicine.

Help us protect displaced families who are facing crisis after crisis.

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Information on protection enquiries and related matters

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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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