Afghan Crisis Continues

Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

 

After the collapse of the former government in August 2021, the majority of Afghans were frightened. Everybody was trying to flee the country. Fear, hopelessness, and despair were seen on the faces of many Afghans. 

 

Hundreds of thousands lost their jobs and incomes, and domestic products decreased significantly. Because of the loss of income, families tried to sell whatever they had at home. Along the streets of Kabul, we could see furniture, carpets, and dishes in front of the second-hand stores.

 

The country was in such great need that some were trying to sell their kidneys and even their children. Families had nothing to eat at home. 

 

Nevertheless, the buyers were very few; even the store owners were selling things at half price.

 

Afghans were trying to leave the country to seek asylum; most were so desperate that they didn’t know what to do and where to take refuge. Despite all of these difficulties,GHNI continued to work, even at the personal risk of our brave staff.

 

The banks had no money to pay for their customers who had saved their money in different national and private banks. Every day, the crowds were gathering in front of the banks but no one was giving answers to them.

 

GHNI wanted to help the desperate population in Afghanistan, but the banks were closed. We were not able to withdraw money from our GHNI accounts. We found trusted individuals overseas to help us transfer funds. They were in Turkey and Dubai, and they allowed us to receive money in Kabul so we could buy much-needed relief supplies, such as food for starving families and firewood and coal for freezing homes.

 

We started helping people in Kabul, Bamyan, Ghazni, Ghore, Oruzgan, Daykondi, Saripul, and Mazar Sharif by distributing food such as flour, oil, rice, tea, soup, and sugar to meet their needs. On average, we were able to help a family with enough food for one and a half months. Most of the distributions have been done through local friends - Men and Women of Peace. The food was purchased from local stores so that more individuals could benefit from the money that we spent.

 

Unfortunately, we were not able to distribute food in some of the regions. In the Balkhab District, we helped women who were teachers. These women had not received their salaries for the last six months; we gave them the equivalent amount in cash so that they were to buy food for themselves and their families.

 

In Daykondi, Kabul, and Mazar (districts we could not work in before the Taliban takeover) many of the beneficiaries are widows or women whose husbands left the country due to instability and unrest. These families didn’t have anything to eat in their homes. Most of these men were former government employees, soldiers in the national army, or policemen, and they had no choice except to flee the country.

 

Thank you!

 

Ken*

TCD Worker

*For security and safety, “Ken” is a pseudonym for the person writing the report.

 

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