“We can’t forget about the people left behind” — An Aid Worker in Afghanistan Shares Her Story

“To me, the most important message is that we need the attention to go back to the 40 million people still in Afghanistan,” Vicki Aken, the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) country director in Afghanistan / Photo credit: IRC
Map credit: Nina Feldman, USAID
Even before the Taliban took control, half of Afghanistan’s population was in need of humanitarian assistance and malnutrition was common among children. The recent turmoil has only heightened humanitarian needs. / Photo credit: IRC
Afghanistan’s health sector is now on the brink of collapse. USAID is working closely with partners in Afghanistan to provide primary care and other essential health services, train community health workers, provide vital supplies to health facilities, and deploy mobile medical teams to Afghans affected by conflict. / Photo credits: IRC, UNICEF
Women have been stripped of many of their rights, including — in many cases — the freedom to pursue an education, a livelihood, and even the simple act of being in public without fearing for their safety. / Photo credit: IRC
Since the beginning of the year, it’s estimated that 635,000 people have been displaced — double the number from 2020. Now, many are without shelter and with winter quickly approaching, their situation will only get worse. Photo Credits: IRC

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