On Saturday 24th December, the de-facto authorities in Afghanistan issued a letter directing humanitarian organisations to stop women staff from working.
War Child UK headquarters made the difficult decision to suspend the critical work we do in Afghanistan. Following negotiations with the de-facto authorities, WarChild resumed some life-saving programmes and has negotiated access for some female staff members. However, we continue to call on the authorities in Afghanistan to permit humanitarian organisations to work with both men and women so we can continue to support the children who need to access vital services.
Afghanistan is now facing the worst humanitarian crisis it’s ever witnessed.
Years of conflict, severe drought and the impacts of COVID-19 have left 24.4 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Over half of these are children.
The fall of the previous Government in August 2021 led to nearly 700,000 people fleeing their homes in search of safety. Desperate families with nowhere to go are building makeshift shelters, with little access to even the most basic supplies. The demand for lifesaving essentials is vastly exceeding what is available. As of December 2021, a total of 4.3 million people were internally displaced, many with no prospect of returning home.
War Child remains to deliver lifesaving programmes in Afghanistan. We are independently assessing need, and impartially delivering life-saving assistance to those who need us most, when they need us most.