Somaya, only 2.5 years old had to leave her house due to conflict in their village in Faryab, northern Afghanistan. Somaya’s mother is quite concerned about the future of her children. We have no income, we have many more years ahead to survive and this cold weather is only one of the many challenges we have to deal with.
Conflict and frequent natural disasters like flooding, avalanches and earthquakes take a devastating toll on the children and families of Afghanistan resulting to a large number of people being displaced in 2018. Whether drought affected displaced people in west or conflict affected displaced people in the north, east, central or south, UNICEF stood by vulnerable families, especially children and provided lifesaving humanitarian and emergency supports to help them survive this cold season.
Some 54,833 individuals, among whom 35,216 children benefited from UNICEF support in 2018, including winter clothes and other non-food items. Only in the northern provinces of Afghanistan, over 8,900 families had to leave their home, hoping to find safe and warm shelter.