World Vision is extremely concerned for children in Afghanistan. Young and adolescent girls and boys experience conflict and instability, displacement and multidimensional poverty distinctly and disproportionately. The recent conflict has impacted children greatly, compounding the child protection risks associated with the ongoing drought, internal displacement, COVID-19, and food and water insecurity.
World Vision is working alongside our partners to ensure children are protected and spared the consequences of conflict and instability.
Access to certain areas and communities affected by drought, displacement, conflict, and COVID-19 remains a challenge. However, World Vision has been able to continue working across parts of western Afghanistan to deliver urgent aid to families in need as the conflict has eased. Currently working in emergency mode, our hope is that we’ll be able to shift to a more long-term sustainable approach in the near future.
The work you are supporting means World Vision New Zealand can continue to reach hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan through mobile health and nutrition teams, through projects that are providing safe drinking water and improved sanitation in underserved communities, and care and support for children working or begging in the streets who are at high risk of exploitation and abuse. Our colleagues in Afghanistan are so thankful for your support, and grateful for your partnership which is enabling them to transform the lives of those most in need.
The current COVID-19 situation in Afghanistan is being hampered and worsened by ongoing conflict. Many hospitals and health clinics have been damaged in the fighting and or been forced to shut down due to insecurity. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is fuelling the country's third wave of COVID-19 cases.