With the growing number of humanitarian crises and the development in recent years of 24 hour news, we are often confused about where to donate. Many people follow the news headlines in regards to deciding which area they wish to support. Recent devastations of Rohingya, Yemen and Syria have taken the lion’s share of charitable donations in recent years.
However, there are long term issues that are yet unresolved. Palestine and Kashmir are still suffering whilst the humanitarian emergency in Afghanistan continues to escalate.
Much is said about mainstream news reporting according to an agenda and in this article, I do not wish to debate this issue further. I wish to focus on raising awareness about a country that is seldom mentioned in the news these days.
Almost 50 years of war in Afghanistan has created one of the world’s most complex humanitarian emergencies. The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that in 2018 3.3million people will need life saving assistance. The UN Strategic Review in 2017 reclassified Afghanistan from a post conflict country to one in active conflict. On average 80 conflict incidents were recorded each day between July and September 2017.
Recent assessments indicate that more than a third of all children in the country are exposed to psychological distress. One of the main reasons is due to loss of family. Children are also now more likely to suffer from early forced marriage and child labour.
70 out of every 1000 children are likely to die in the first year of their life. The UN estimates that as many as 3.5 million children are out of school, whilst 40% of all children under the age of 5 are stunted.
Approximately 39% of the population of Afghanistan live below the poverty line. Yet despite these shocking stats for some reason you no longer hear of the plight of Afghan children on the news.
Whatever the reason for not reporting, we have a responsibility to all of our brothers and sisters.
Donate here today and be of those who still remember these forgotten people.
Source of statistics: https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/afghanistan/document/afghanistan-humanitarian-needs-overview-2018