Help families displaced by conflict in Afghanistan
When families flee the terror, they often have no choice but to escape quickly, with very few or no possessions and leaving behind the livelihoods upon which they rely. In search of safety, families are left without access to food, shelter and essential items we take for granted.
Jamal*, his wife Shakira* (both aged 30) and their five children (aged 1,3,4,5 and 9 years) had been living a relatively quiet life until early Spring 2019, when fighting closed in on their village, a small community of mud brick houses in northern Afghanistan.
They had tried to keep calm even when they could hear the war in the distance."
We had discussed leaving but nothing prepared us for the day our village was attacked. It was a sudden escape. We had just eaten and left our dirty dishes on the floor, grabbed a few items and ran. Rockets and gunshots destroyed our village. It’s been left a warzone.
The family trekked for several gruelling miles before they managed to board a bus to the provincial capital. Now, living in relative safety, Jamal has little hope he and his family will return home any time soon. He has heard that their house has been destroyed. They now rent a small house which they can barely afford.
“We had everything we needed. I worked as a teacher at the local school and my wife as a tailor. Our children went to school and played cricket outside with their friends in the afternoons” Jamal said, seeming ashamed that money – and survival – had now become an issue.
The small rental house was not furnished and they’ve not been able to afford anything.
“We have been robbed of our lives involuntarily. We have lost so much, We can only pray that this is temporary,” Shakira said.
Concern's teams in the north east have adopted an emergency response to help displaced families. They are on the ground and providing emergency Survival Kits containing shelter, cooking and hygiene essentials, as well as vital cash transfers, to help families buy food and other necessities. But we need your support to reach more families.
“We received a box full of kitchen supplies, blankets, soap and even solar-powered lamps,” Shakira explained, pointing to a metal box in the corner. “Having left everything behind, the items helped us get started here. It’s been tough but knowing there is support has been a huge help.”
*Names have been changed for safety and security reasons.
Our impact in 2019
people reached through our emergency response
people reached through our health interventions
people reached through our long term development programmes