Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

The people of Afghanistan are in desperate need of help. Their situation has been made worse by the Taliban takeover, and by the recent earthquake that hit, killing and injuring thousands of people.  

Food packages distributed to families

The coronavirus pandemic has made people in Afghanistan even more vulnerable, affecting income and the ability to grow and buy food.

What is the news on the most recent earthquake in Afghanistan?

A powerful earthquake has killed at least 1,000 people, injured more than 1,500 people, and destroyed thousands of homes in south-eastern Afghanistan.

The 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck shortly after 01:30 local time, as people slept, on Wednesday 22 June.

It is the deadliest earthquake to strike Afghanistan in two decades. 

Please donate now to our Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

How is CAFOD responding to the earthquake in Afghanistan? 

CAFOD’s local partner is already on the ground in Paktika province where it had been responding to the existing economic and social emergency. Most of the casualties have occurred in this province and our local aid workers are already assessing the needs of affected families. Most of the casualties have occurred in this province and our local aid workers are already assessing the needs of affected families. 

''The Afghan people cannot bear another tragedy. Millions of people in the country are already struggling to survive due to the deep economic and social crisis following the takeover of power by the Taliban in August 2021, which compounded periods of drought, decades of conflict, the Covid-19 pandemic and has been made worse by the surge in food prices due to the conflict in Ukraine.''

Janet Symes, CAFOD’s Head of Asia & Middle East Region

What are the most urgent needs in Afghanistan? 

CAFOD has worked in Afghanistan since the late 1980s. We are responding to the multiple crises in Afghanistan. Thanks to donations made by CAFOD supporters to our Appeal, we have provided emergency support to thousands of families to help them put food on the table and survive the harsh winter. 

We continue to support Afghans with urgent needs  – both within Afghanistan and in neighbouring countries – whilst also continuing to provide longer-term support like education.  

Please donate now to our Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

How can I help?

Any donation you can give will make a difference to people living in Afghanistan.

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Please also remember those affected in your prayers.

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