Protect Afghan children & their future at all costs!

Protect Afghan children & their future at all costs!

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August 16, 2021

"History has shown that the resilience and fortitude of the Afghan people is extraordinary. But it has its limits. They are now at their most vulnerable and we cannot abandon them now.” - National Director Asuntha Charles.

On Sunday 15th August control of Afghanistan was taken by the Taliban, and world leaders are scrambling to determine how to respond. But in peace or in uncertainty, our response never changes...

At all costs, protect children & uphold fundamental human rights for all.

People are uncertain about their future, the number of displaced people is increasing, children and families are in hiding or fleeing. Many are concerned about fundamental rights for the vulnerable, and children especially need support more than ever.

Children are the single greatest asset to any sustainable, durable solution to multiple crises. For their sake, all sides must put the humanitarian needs of their people first and end this conflict. Together with our +300 Afghan staff, World Vision will stay and deliver,” Ms. Charles said.

As an organisation World Vision calls for all parties to the conflict to put vulnerable children first. International humanitarian law must be respected and the lives of Afghan children, their families, and communities prioritised. The international community must maintain its presence on the ground to prevent an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe. Further commitment must be made to increased and sustained funding supports, diplomatic engagement, international responsibility for durable solutions, and the protection of child rights.

Childhood Rescue is designed to deliver programs and impact in some of the world's most complex and dangerous places. For 20 years we have been working to ensure the children of Afghanistan can survive, recover and someday, build a future.

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan

One in three

Afghani girls are married before they turn 18.

More than 10%

of registered refugees in the world today are from Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a primarily agricultural country in Central Asia, producing some of the world's best pomegranates, grapes and sweet melons. Afghanistan has been in an ongoing conflict since 2001, a radical political group has waged all out war against the government and taken control of many parts of the country.

In Afghanistan our projects focus on community building programmes. Their success relies heavily on collaboration with local community and faith leaders. Sensitively administered with respect for local culture and beliefs the programme currently facilitates community awareness sessions for men regarding child marriage and rights of women. We are also providing sessions for women and girls, to ensure they know their worth, feel safe in their community and understand their rights in relation to violence against women and child marriage.

  • Hundreds of thousands of innocent have been killed in the ongoing conflict, and cities have been left in ruins
  • The country experienced a devastating drought in 2019 which destroyed all the crops and 60% of the livestock in Western Afghanistan. The drought drove over 250,000 people from their homes to seek aid, but even the humanitarian camps they came to have run out of food by now. Many parents consider selling their daughters into early marriage to feed the family