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Building resilience in Afghanistan

Today is International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It marks the importance of reducing the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities around the world.

This approach is central to our work in Afghanistan.

Concern Worldwide’s Peter Doyle recently visited the remote and disaster-prone village of Lab i Ab, situated in the Badakhshan province of north east Afghanistan. Here, he writes about his trip.

Impact of natural disasters

The steep mountains have been badly deforested and soil erosion is an ongoing phenomenon. This leads to the depletion of fertile agricultural land and increases the possibility and severity of flooding and landslides.

Concern’s response

In response to a severe drought, followed by a harsh winter, snow avalanches and flooding, we launched an emergency response to reach isolated communities. Our goal was to reach people living in remote villages that had been completely cut off from main routes. As part of our DRR strategy, we have also established projects that build the resilience of communities against future disasters. 

Read Peter's article in full.