How to help Afghanistan

With devastating news surfacing from Kabul and across Afghanistan, it’s very easy to feel helpless when witnessing situations like the one unfolding in Afghanistan. Here’s how you can help Afghanistan and, most importantly, Afghan women, children and men. With the situation escalating rapidly, UNHCR remains on the ground, delivering relief to as many internally displaced families in Afghanistan as they can safely reach and will continue to do so. 

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How to help Afghan refugees and displaced Afghans 

Following more than 40 years of conflict, natural disasters, chronic poverty, food insecurity and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, renewed violence is the latest blow for displaced Afghan women, children and men.  

There are already more than 2.6 million Afghan refugees in neighhouring countries and UNHCR continues to help support them. Recent violence however is forcing Afghans to flee within their own country. 

Here’s how to help Afghanistan refugees and other displaced Afghans…

Learn more about the Afghanistan Situation

Afghanistan is again on the brink of a major humanitarian and displacement crisis. For more data and information, please visit our Afghanistan country page. 

Fight misinformation

If you’re sharing information online about Afghanistan, use accredited sources like UNHCR, the BBC, World Economic Forum and more. If you’re unsure of whether a news source is accredited, please visit this website to help you spot misinformation.  

Fundraise for refugees

Fundraising for Afghanistan is easier than you might think. You can rally your friends, family and workmates to raise money for displaced Afghan women, men and children. There are lots of ways to get involved – from taking on a sporting challenge, to organising a fun event at work, home or school, or simply asking for donations instead of birthday or wedding gifts. For more information, please visit our fundraising page.

Make a donation

Your support matters. While conditions are fraught, UNHCR is staying to help Afghan women, children and men. Teams are delivering relief to as many people as they can safely reach and will continue to do so. Donations are urgently needed to help displaced Afghans. Please visit this page to make your donation to help Afghanistan.

More than 550,000 Afghans have fled their homes this year and remain displaced across the country.

UNHCR’s relief work relies on voluntary contributions so public support is urgently needed. There are many ways your donation can help Afghanistan refugees.  

If you’d like to donate to Afghanistan, your support can provide… 




will provide five sanitary kits including laundry soap, toilet soap and sanitary napkins.



can buy a core relief kit, providing a family with blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and a kitchen set.




can provide an emergency shelter kit, including a family tent and plastic tarpaulins.

More Afghanistan news…

How to help Afghanistan

A message from our CEO: the rapid escalation in Afghanistan

An update from UK for UNHCR CEO Emma Cherniavsky on the humanitarian crisis rapidly unfolding in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan situation: worsening conflict in northern Afghanistan uproots thousands

Immense human toll of spiralling hostilities in Afghanistan falls heaviest on women and children

As fighting intensifies across Afghanistan, around 80 per cent of those newly displaced are women and children.

Syrian refugees fleeing fighting receive aid and shelter at Bardarash camp

“There have been nights where we have nothing to eat.”

A widowed mother-of-four struggling to take care of her family in a camp is among the 287,000+ Afghans displaced since the start of the year by the latest upsurge in fighting.

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