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 nearly 270,000 people in 30 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces from January–September, according to the UN. While the rate of displacement has decreased, following a spike in late 2016, conflict continues to result in widespread humanitarian needs. The UN predicts that fighting will intensify through at least December.

High levels of violence continue to disproportionately affect Afghan civilians, with more than 8,000 civilian deaths and injuries reported by the UN to date in 2017.

Natural disasters—including avalanches, flooding, landslides, and other hazards—impacted nearly 109,000 Afghans in 33 provinces as of September, according to the International Organization for Migration.

In FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, and USAID/Afghanistan provided nearly $105 million to assist conflict-and disaster-affected populations in Afghanistan.

 

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: October 26, 2017

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