Nearly four months since the Taliban seized power and the United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, the country is facing several humanitarian crises, including a critical food shortage that some aid groups say could kill one million Afghan children this winter.
The New York Times reported this week that an estimated 22.8 million people – more than half of the country’s population – are expected to face potentially life-threatening food insecurity. According to an analysis by the United Nations World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization, 8.7 million people are facing famine – putting Afghanistan on the brink of mass destruction. And children are among the most vulnerable.
The crisis has been triggered in part by an economic collapse since the Taliban took power, as US sanctions against the militant group have isolated the country and made it more difficult for international aid organizations to provide aid.
At the same time, Afghanistan’s health care system is on the verge of collapse, with more than $ 600 million in health care frozen after the Taliban swept into Kabul.
However, there are several ways to help. In October, the United States issued two general licenses that paved the way for allowing the U.S. government and certain international organizations, such as the United Nations, to engage with the Taliban to provide humanitarian aid.
How to help
Below is a list of some of these organizations along with links to donate.
• That International Association of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which is seeking $ 38 million to fund health care and other emergency services throughout Afghanistan >>>
• That UN Development Program, which pays wages to Afghan health workers >>>
• That International Rescue Committee, which provides shelter, education, clean water, health care and other assistance to children and families in Afghanistan >>>
• That World Food Program, which aims to provide life-saving food to 14 million people this year >>>
• UNICEF, which provides assistance to millions of children around the world, including those in need in Afghanistan >>>
More photos from Paula Bronstein’s coverage of this ongoing crisis:
Afghans are waiting in long queues at the World Food Programs distribution point in Kabul.
People are waiting to be seen by medical staff at the outpatient clinic at Indira Ghandi Children’s Hospital in Kabul.
Young patients are being treated at Indira Ghandi Children’s Hospital in Kabul. Critical funds for the Afghan public health system from the World Bank, along with IMF support, were cut in August due to concerns about Taliban restrictions on women. Hospitals nationwide are now running out of medicine and staff are working unpaid.