Children are dying of hunger today as families cannot afford to buy food. We must act now before the freezing winter sets in, putting many more lives at risk.
children at risk of dying from malnutrition this winter
of people in Afghanistan do not have enough to eat
of the population fully vaccinated against Covid-19
lowest temperatures this winter could leave displaced families struggling to survive
The latest on the appeal and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Harrowing ITV News report highlights desperate plight of Afghan families
A devastating news report by ITV's John Ray has been widely shared online after highlighting the desperate situation facing families in Afghanistan.
The report includes footage of children barefoot in the snow, a school teacher offering to sell his daughter as he can no longer care for her, and doctors struggling to save severely malnourished babies battling for breath on a hospital ward. Some of the images are very distressing.
"The shocking and harrowing pictures that John Ray brought from Afghanistan - emacitated families, children dying before our eyes - must now spur us into emergency humaniatian action," former prime minister Gordon Brown told ITV News. "It's an emergency. People are dying. We've a duty to help."
Responding to the footage, DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said: "The images that we're seeing in and around Kabul are the tip of the iceberg. In Afghanistan at the moment, remote communities are being cut off by snow, bad weather and other factors. The scale of the disaster is absolutely huge. It's devastating for the people of Afghanistan. This is why we need to help, now."
Appeal reaches £30 million as aid effort scales up
The Afghanistan Crisis Appeal has now reached £30 million, including £10 million matched by the UK Government, thanks to the generous response of the British public.
The DEC's model allows donations to be released quickly, and within days of the launch of the appeal DEC charities were able to start spending funds raised. DEC member charities are distributing emergency food rations while mobile teams have been deployed to screen children for malnutrition and provide treatment. Cash grants are helping people buy stoves and a three-month supply of firewood and agencies are supplying winter clothing for families to stay warm.
But with 8 million people one step away from famine, there is much more to do. If you can, please donate today or help spread the word with our social media toolkit.
Jodie Whittaker: Hunger in Afghanistan is hitting women and girls hardest
"I have been supporting ActionAid’s work in Afghanistan for nearly 10 years, and in all that time I have never seen the country in such a critical condition," writes Dr Who actor Jodie Whittaker in The Times today.
"We know that in times of crisis, it is women and girls who are most affected," she adds, calling on people to support the DEC's Afghanistan Crisis Appeal to ensure our member charities can scale up their work before winter sets in and makes areas difficult to access.
"There’s a crisis, on top of a crisis on top of a crisis. The scale of which is unimaginable," - Jodie Whittaker— DEC (@decappeal) January 6, 2022
Donate to the DEC #AfghanistanCrisisAppeal to help women, children and those most at risk get through this winter: https://t.co/RehYFvRaZx
What the hunger crisis looks like for Kabul's children
This powerful report from the BBC's Secunder Kermani gives a glimpse of what the hunger crisis looks like for children in Kabul. Instead of attending school, these boys are out working to buy bread for their lunch. If there's no work, they don't eat.
"When my dad stopped working, then I stopped going to school to earn some money," says 13-year-old Pervez. It's estimated that 95% of Afghans don't have enough to eat, and children are being badly hit. Three million children under five are predicted to suffer acute malnutrition this winter, with one million of these at risk of dying.
DEC charities are using funds from this appeal to provide emergency nutrition support for young children, and emergency food rations or cash to buy food to families so that children like Pervez get enough to eat and don't have to leave school to do sometimes dangerous work.
As snow starts to fall in Kabul, there’s an urgency to save lives
The people of Afghanistan are facing a crisis of catastrophic proportions. 22 million face acute hunger; over eight million are on the brink of famine. Lives are already being lost.
Saleh Saeed, the DEC’s chief executive, says it is ‘beyond horrific.’ With snow falling in Kabul and the cold about to set in to block off supply routes, aid workers say there’s an urgency to save lives.
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