The people of Afghanistan must not be forgotten

By International Organization for Migration

The people of Afghanistan must not be forgotten

Afghanistan stands at a critical juncture. Decades of conflict, natural disasters, the added shock of the political upheaval, and the impacts of international sanctions have pushed millions of Afghan women, men, boys, and girls to breaking point.

While the world attends to multiple humanitarian crises around the world, the people of Afghanistan must not be forgotten. This is why millions of Afghans are internally displaced, while thousands of people cross borders every week in both directions, seeking means to secure their futures. So many of them have exhausted their coping mechanisms. They are in dire need of life-saving protection, livelihood, and recovery support.

Through the Comprehensive Action Plan for Afghanistan and neighboring countries, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is striving to assist the estimated 24 million people in need. With over 760 staff operating across the country, the teams are providing critical shelter support to help the most vulnerable families survive the harsh winter season.

Mobile health teams have been deployed to some of the hardest-to-reach areas in an effort to shore up the country’s fragile health care system. As cross-border movements continue, IOM will continue to provide multi-sectoral and protection assistance to returnees at key border points and IOM-managed reception centers.

IOM appeal to the international community for their continued support, so that they can step up the collective actions and give back hope to millions of Afghans, not least the women and girls who are unjustly suffering the most.