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Drought, economic collapse and rising global food prices are threatening the lives of people in Afghanistan, with women and girls being the most vulnerable. The crisis deepened when a powerful earthquake struck near Khost in southeast Afghanistan in June 2022. Many have lost their homes and millions are facing severe hunger.
Recent research by CARE International reveals the devastating impact the crisis is having on women and girls:
- 87.2% of women surveyed reported a considerable decrease in their household income since August 2021
- 12% of households indicated having to marry one of their daughters aged under 18 due to the food crisis
- 80% of women surveyed suggested that they had had to skip at least one meal in the two weeks prior to the research.
Before August 2021, we would cook three or four food items per meal (rice, chicken, meat etc). Now we only cook one item. The food is just too expensive now. Some nights we would eat nothing and go to sleep hungry.
Woman from Parwan, Afghanistan (name not provided to protect her identity)
CARE is working to meet the most urgent needs of communities, families and children and provide them with life-saving support.
Donate now to provide emergency and medical supplies to vulnerable families in Afghanistan.
Your donation will go towards the most urgent needs
CARE is one of the leading humanitarian international NGOs in Afghanistan fighting poverty and providing life-saving assistance to vulnerable Afghans. With your support, we can rapidly identify and meet the most urgent needs of communities, families and children, including:
- Providing emergency relief supplies to those affected by the earthquake and setting up mobile clinics
- Providing food support through emergency rations or cash to buy food
- Nutrition support for young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women
- Supporting healthcare facilities dealing with cases of malnutrition
- Supplying clean drinking water and sanitation to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases
- Protecting women and girls.