Afghanistan

Three Afghan children looking at the camera
Members of vulnerable communities, such as these children, benefit from USAID humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.
Patricia Hampton/USAID

Latest Afghanistan Fact Sheet

Key Developments

Security conditions across Afghanistan have deteriorated in recent months, increasing the number of people displaced within the country and further constraining already limited access to crisis-affected populations.

As of June 30, conflict had internally displaced more than 149,000 people from 29 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces since the beginning of the year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Approximately 26 percent of the displaced population was residing in areas inaccessible to the humanitarian community.

As of May 31, natural disasters had affected nearly 9,000 families across Afghanistan in 2016—approximately 45 percent fewer than during the same period of 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration.

To date in FY 2016, USAID has provided nearly $70.5 million to respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from the complex emergency in Afghanistan. USAID partners are providing life-saving assistance while also increasing local disaster preparedness and response capacity.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (State/PRM) has contributed nearly $40 million in FY 2016 to assist vulnerable populations, including internally displaced persons inside Afghanistan and Afghan refugees in neighboring countries.

 

Background

Since 2002, conflict and frequent natural disasters have displaced populations and generated significant humanitarian needs throughout Afghanistan. Recurring natural disasters, including drought, floods, landslides, earthquakes, and avalanches, affect approximately 250,000 Afghans each year, and more than 631,000 people remain internally displaced as a result of conflict, the U.N. reports. Between January and June 2013, natural disasters—primarily flooding, avalanches, and extreme winter conditions—killed or injured 280 people, affected an estimated 140,000 others, and damaged or destroyed approximately 21,000 homes throughout the country. In addition, repeated and protracted displacement has placed pressure on host communities’ limited resources, resulting in instability and increased humanitarian needs.

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Last updated: July 13, 2016

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