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Winter Crisis Grips Afghanistan

In early October, Afghanistan was struck by four significant earthquakes and their subsequent aftershocks. As a result, Afghan families have been compelled to reside outdoors, constructing makeshift shelters, thereby exposing themselves to various weather-related risks, health concerns, and other safety hazards. Presently, women and children are particularly vulnerable. With the onset of winter in Afghanistan, marked by plummeting temperatures and fierce winds, a significant but largely unnoticed crisis is unfolding. This situation places numerous Afghans in jeopardy, especially those who have already endured the repercussions of multiple earthquakes this year. Among the most pressing issues during the Afghan winter is the inadequacy of shelter. The severe cold increases the risk of respiratory illnesses, frostbite, and other life-threatening conditions.

Afghanistan and the cold wave :

 During this winter even getting food is becoming harder. Because of the cold weather, it’s difficult to grow crops and find food. Families have a tough time getting the food they need, which can lead to malnutrition and weaker immune systems, making them more prone to getting sick.

More than 150 people have died from a cold wave in Afghanistan this month in the worst winter. Afghanistan is facing its coldest winter in 15 years, with temperatures dropping as low as -34 degrees Celsius (-29.2 degrees Fahrenheit),adding to the challenges of an already severe economic crisis.

How is ASSHO helping?

As Afghanistan faces its coldest winter in 15 years, the aftermath of multiple earthquakes has left families in dire circumstances. So, ASSHO Afghanistan assists Afghan communities in adapting to climate change. Through collaboration with local communities, we empower them to develop their own capabilities in planning, preparing for, and addressing severe weather conditions and climate-related emergencies. We urgently appeal for assistance to provide adequate shelter, food, and support to help these vulnerable communities endure the winter months. Your contributions can make a life-saving difference for those struggling to survive in the midst of this humanitarian crisis.