In response to the humanitarian crisis taking place in Afghanistan, Eric Sturdza Investments is proud to support the work of The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has dramatically worsened following recent events in the country.
As a result of the conflict in the country, there are currently over 2.6 million Afghan refugees registered around the world, mainly in Pakistan and Iran, along with more than 3.5 million civilians who are internally displaced within the country – this increased by around 630,000 in 2021 alone.
Since May, over 80% of those displaced are women and children. Tragically, more women and children have been killed and wounded in the first half of 2021 than in any full year since records began in 2009. For women and girls in the country, future access to education and work opportunities looks especially bleak in the current situation.
The impact of the COVID-19 is worsening the situation further. Estimates suggest that less than 4% of the entire population is fully vaccinated. The country’s health system is already overwhelmed and primary care for patients with other conditions has been highly disrupted. With cases continuing to dramatically rise, the human resources needed in Afghanistan are currently falling desperately short.
Emergency response is needed
United Kingdom for UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency’s national partner for the UK. UNHCR remains operational in nearly two-thirds of districts in Afghanistan, with access to all provinces.
Families in Afghanistan speak of having to flee their homes at a moment’s notice, leaving with only the clothes on their backs. Since the onset of the latest crisis, UNHCR’s teams have been working tirelessly to provide newly displaced Afghans with emergency shelter, food, health, water and sanitation support, in spite of the challenges that they face in accessing these people in need.
This assistance for displaced people within Afghanistan includes family tents, hygiene kits, core relief items like blankets, sleeping mats and kitchen sets, in addition to ongoing support for those seeking safety in neighbouring countries.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, UNHCR has established hand-washing stations and distributed hygiene kits and masks to help reduce the risk of COVID-19, as well as providing emergency cash support to help mitigate the socio-economic impact of the pandemic. In addition, UNCHR is providing buckets and jerry cans to displaced families, which is especially important in areas where access to clean water is scarce.
As part of the wider UN effort, UNHCR has assisted around 340,000 internally displaced civilians since the start of the year.
The time to act is now
With recent events disrupting supply chains, UNHCR is rapidly deploying more relief shipments from global stockpiles. As the situation in Afghanistan is worsening with no end in sight, the charity urgently needs public support to continue getting relief to those in need.
At Eric Sturdza Investments, we are proud to have donated to UK for UNHCR and to support the incredible and brave work that they do.
Your help is urgently needed
Your support could make a real difference. For example:
• It costs less than £1 to provide a jerry can to a family to fetch water.
• With just £4.70, we can provide a blanket to a family affected by displacement.
• £180 could provide 100 sleeping mats to those affected in Afghanistan.
• £380 is enough to provide an emergency shelter kit (including a family text and two plastic tarpaulins) to a displaced family in Afghanistan, preserving their dignity and strengthening their safety.
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