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. Our teams have 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. Conflict, drought and COVID-19 have collided, making life incredibly difficult for children and families.

Now, as the situation changes daily, families face an uncertain future.  Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced from their homes - more than half are children.  
Since the start of the year, more than 552 children have been killed and 1,400 have been injured. Families have lost loved ones and many children have been traumatised.   
UNICEF has been on the ground in Afghanistan for more than 65 years. We’ve nurtured community networks and built trust with everyone we need to get the job done. We have 13 offices nationwide and a range of partners that support our teams 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. From setting up Child Friendly Spaces to UNICEF mobile health teams, your support helps us get help to those who need it most. 

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 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 completing primary school remains a distant dream – especially in rural areas and for girls.   

Without urgent action, 1 million children under the age of 5 will be severely malnourished by end of 2021. 

  • 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 – more than half are girls.
  • More than 12 million people are at emergency or crisis levels of food insecurity. 

Help UNICEF deliver critical supplies and services to save and protect lives.

“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 

In the first six months of the year, we reached 1.7 million people with humanitarian assistance. Now, UNICEF is urgently scaling-up its humanitarian response in preparation to reach the most vulnerable.
"Despite all the unanswered questions that lie ahead, one thing is certain," says UNICEF Afghanistan Representative Hervé Ludovic De Lys. 

"UNICEF is here to stay and deliver for every child and every woman in Afghanistan. UNICEF has been here for 65 years and we’re not leaving.” 

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

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.