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

Conflict displaced more than 335,400 people in Afghanistan in 2015—a 78 percent increase from 2014, according to the UN. To date in 2016, conflict has displaced approximately 65,000 people in 21 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

In 2015, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recorded approximately 11,000 civilian casualties, including more than 3,500 deaths and nearly 7,500 injuries. The figure represents a 4 percent increase from 2014 and the highest annual total since UNAMA began formally documenting civilian casualties in 2009.

In January, the Afghanistan Humanitarian Country Team—comprising representatives from the Government of Afghanistan Ministry of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, the UN, and non-governmental organizations—released the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). The 2016 HRP requests approximately $393 million to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to an estimated 3.5 million people in Afghanistan, including internally-displaced persons, refugees, and returnees.

 

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.

Related Sectors of Work 

Last updated: April 07, 2016

Share This Page