UNICEF is there before, during and after an emergency. When others leave, we stay.

UNICEF has been in Afghanistan for 65 years and even in the face of the escalating crisis, our work for the children and women will continue. UNICEF has a presence in every region of Afghanistan. We will stay and deliver.

Afghanistan has always been one of the hardest places in the world to be a child but a triple crisis - conflict, drought and COVID-19 - is making life incredibly difficult for families. 

Now, as the situation changes daily, families face an uncertain future with hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes.  

Since the start of the year, more than 552 children have been killed and 1,400 have been injured, meaning families have lost loved ones and many children have been traumatised.  

Over 65 years in country we’ve nurtured community networks and built trust with everyone we need to get the job done. With 11 offices nationwide and a range of partners that support UNICEF in delivering life-saving supplies to the most disadvantaged, UNICEF remains committed to the women and children of Afghanistan. 

Every child needs protection and peace now.  Our teams are working to reach children and families across the country with life-saving assistance – but more help is urgently needed.

Health workers wearing personal protective equipmentInternally displaced Afghan families walk past their temporary tents in Kabul. © UNICEF/UN0502861/Kohsar/AFP 

A triple crisis for children 

Afghanistan is facing three crises at once: escalating violence, the COVID-19 pandemic and the recently declared drought.

It is one of the worst places on earth to be a child. Before the fighting worsened, 1 in 3 girls were married before their 18th birthday and 1.3 million children under 5 needed treatment for acute malnutrition.

But in the past few weeks, UNICEF has become increasingly concerned about the rise in grave violations to child and human rights. Reports are growing of children being recruited by armed groups.

UNICEF calls for all parties to respect international humanitarian law and immediately stop all violence against children.

  • More than 390,000 people have fled their homes; over half are children.
  • Half of the population – including nearly 10 million children – need humanitarian assistance
  • 3.7 million children are out of school.

UNICEF will remain on the ground supporting vulnerable children and their families – but we can’t do this without you.

“It is particularly horrifying and heart breaking to
see reports of the hard-won rights of Afghan
girls and women being ripped away from them.”
Patients breathe with the help of oxygen masksGul is with her mother now at a camp for internally displaced people in Southern Afghanistan. Her father died during the recent conflict. © UNICEF/UN0498787/UNICEF Afghanistan

How UNICEF is helping in Afghanistan 

Afghanistan is facing three crises at once: escalating violence, the COVID-19 pandemic and the recently declared drought.

In the first six months of the year, we reached 1.7 million people with humanitarian assistance.

Even in the face of the escalating crisis, UNICEF's work for children and families across every region of the country continues.

How you can help children in Afghanistan


  • With $480, you could help to provide 903 sachets of therapeutic food to help bring seven children back from severe malnutrition 
  • With $720 you could help to provide nine water and hygiene kits containing soap, gloves, masks, buckets, and water purification tablets
  • With $1440 you could help to supply a health centre with 5,600 life-saving polio vaccines
In the unlikely event that UNICEF receives more funds than we need to respond to the immediate needs in Afghanistan your gift will help support UNICEF's work for children in other emergency situations around the world. These are indicative prices. Supplies and shipping prices may change as the response progresses.