The Afghanistan crisis 2021

As the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan deepens, ActionAid's work to protect the most vulnerable is more urgent than ever.

Following the military withdrawal of the forces from the country, there has been an escalation in tensions which has caused a large number of people to flee their homes and become displaced in their own country.

Most people left their homes with just the clothes on their back and very few essential items.

They have arrived seeking safety in overcrowded displacement camps and informal settlements, and are in dire need of emergency humanitarian assistance including food, water, and essential items such as hygiene kits, cash, tarpaulins, tents, cooking utensils, clothing, and bedding.

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Afghanistan crisis: how can I help?

Your gift to the Afghanistan Appeal 2021 can help people in urgent need.

Donation value


could provide water, sanitation and hygiene kits for two households


could provide warm clothes and blankets for one household


could provide a hygiene station in a school, to protect children from Covid-19 and other diseases

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Afghanistan Appeal 2021: ActionAid's response

ActionAid’s work hasn't stopped: our work continues in seven provinces across Afghanistan, providing education programming for girls and boys, along with agriculture and food security support.

We are also planning to reach 35,000 people with food support, safe water, sanitation and hygiene kits for women and girls, along with counselling services to address stress and anxiety for those who have been displaced.

Sudipta Kumar, Country Director of ActionAid Afghanistan, says:

"The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is deepening as families rush to urban centres. Thousands of desperate people and orphaned children are arriving in cities like Kabul, Mazar and Herat.
"They are in urgent need of humanitarian support. Priorities include food, essential items such as blankets and hygiene kits, and psychosocial support counselling services.

Pregnant women and new mothers are among those most at need of food support, shelter, water and sanitation. In one camp our team was told that some 300 families are sharing just one toilet. Tents for 10 people are being used by 50.

"We’re doing everything possible to continue working with the communities we support. However, the situation is changing rapidly. For now, ActionAid’s programmes are continuing and our work to protect the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan is more urgent than ever."

About ActionAid

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.

Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We're committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women's economic empowerment, and supporting women's and girls' rights during humanitarian crises.

Where your money goes

90% of your donation will go directly to our Afghanistan Appeal.

10% of your donation will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises.

If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund. All Gift Aid claimed on donations will fund ActionAid’s work across the world, wherever the need is greatest.

Top photo: The Afghanistan crisis 2021. Photo: Farzana Wahidy/ActionAid.

Page updated 13 September 2021