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Afghanistan

Four decades of conflict inside Afghanistan have left its economy and infrastructure in ruins - forcing millions from their homes

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Afghanistan is facing a widespread humanitarian crisis which has forced large numbers of people from their homes. Some one million people are currently on the move - both inside the country and around the border areas with Pakistan and Iran. This figure includes 400,000 undocumented returnees and tens of thousands of people entering the country from Pakistan.

These population movements threaten to make the fragile situation inside Afghanistan still worse. Four decades of violent conflict inside the country show no sign of ending. Recent years have seen an upsurge in Taliban activity and increasing numbers of people cannot meet basic food needs. Limited access to clean water and sanitation has placed millions at risk of contracting contagious diseases including diarrhoea, typhoid and polio.

In total some 3.5 million people inside Afghanistan are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance - more than half (57 per cent) of whom are children. Afghan children grow up with the constant threat of violence and face numerous other rights violations - including forced marriage, corporal punishment and hazardous working conditions.

What we do

War Child works inside Afghanistan as part of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) - a coalition of 14 Dutch aid organisations funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). The DRA Joint Response inside Afghanistan provides rapid humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the conflict including Internally Displaced Persons and undocumented returnees from Iran and Pakistan.

War Child has also worked to provide increased access to educational opportunities for vulnerable children in urban and rural areas in Kabul. The programme was designed to support children aged from four to six in their development until early primary school.