AFGHANISTAN: FLOODS – Forgotten Women

AFGHANISTAN: FLOODS

Unexpecting flooding has hit Afghanistan which has killed hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of houses, the government who is already battling to stabilise their country after years of occupation appeals to the international community for help.

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Afghanistan has been reeling from natural disasters this year, including a drought and a massive earthquake that killed over 1,000 people in June, with the nation largely cut off from the international financial system the struggle deepens.

Afghanistan is on the brink of a famine with extreme poverty spread across the land and the people of Afghanistan are in a state of desperation for basic food aid, many women have been forced to sell their daughters as young as 4 to men in order to feed themselves and their children. The choice is not easy but when you are facing continuous starvation, desperation sets in and selling your child for even $500 becomes the only option. The UN have reported that there are almost 24 million people in Afghanistan of which 60% of the population, suffer from acute hunger. As many as 8.7 million Afghans are struggling with starvation.

With the deadly flash floods not only claiming lives but also destroying the infrastructure of large districts leaving people, mainly women and children with no food or protective shelter. The death toll is likely to rise as more bodies are being discovered.

Accounts from the ground: 

  1. SHINWARI, Afghanistan — As heavy rains poured down on his village in eastern Afghanistan around 11 a.m. on Monday morning, Meya, a 57-year-old farmer, gathered his wife and daughters and rushed from their small home toward the safety of the mountains. Looking back, he saw a thunderous wave of water tearing through the village — and his wife being swept away in the storm. 
  2. “People lost everything, they lost everything overnight,” said Anne Kindrachuk, central region chief for UNICEF Afghanistan, said after a visit to the area. 
  3. “I have nothing left — no bread to eat, no clothes to wear and no place to stay,” he said, staring at the muddied earth beneath him. 
  4. “We can’t emphasise enough how destructive the floods have been. So much infrastructure has been affected, (including) schools. People have been repeatedly displaced, they’re afraid to even go back to their old homes,” said Veronica Houser, a UNICEF aid worker in Jalalabad.
  5. Moments before floods swept through his village on Monday morning, Mr. Ghanizada had been unloading bricks from his truck. Soon he heard the thunderous sound of a flash flood tearing into the valley. He joined dozens of families that scurried up a nearby mountain for safety, he said. Once the flood water subsided, he and many of his neighbours returned to the village to collect whatever belongings — important documents, money, gold — they could. That’s when another flash flood struck. “I saw two people disappearing in the flood, one was a woman and the other was a boy,” Mr. Ghanizada said. “We could not have done anything else to save them. Within seconds they were gone.” 

 

Global humanitarian agencies have provided assistance for months but have warned they need more access and funding to avoid a humanitarian disaster with thousands left homeless and no access to shelter or clean drinking water.

Forgotten Women is on the ground providing life-saving aid 

Our team is on the ground in flood affected areas working with the government to provide the best support we can for the people who need it the most.

Right now, the need is: 

  1. Food Packs (1 months) £50
  2. Tent shelter (for a family) £90 
  3. Hygiene packs for women £20
  4. Cooked meals for displaced women, children & families £1 per person per day

Donate now, the women of Afghanistan need our help now.  

 

 

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