In Afghanistan, as winter sets in, temperatures across the country are set to plummet to as little as -20°C. Surveys conducted by the United Nations have found that, due to the conflict, around 1.6 million Afghans are living in tents and temporary shelters. Our local partners are doing everything they can to support them. Here are some stories from the frontline and how you can pray for this emergency.
Muhanned* is a father of three children. In his village, people are used to supporting each other through the tough times. But now, everyone finds themselves in a similar state of despair.
‘Drought, rise in prices and unemployment has affected all people,’ he shares. ‘How can I expect help from people when oil, rice and wheat are at a price that no one can afford?
‘We are not living like normal humans. How will life go on in a family without bread, clothes, fuel, and less than 80 pence per week?’
Every night, Muhannad and his wife have to listen to the cries of their hungry children. More than 3 million children like theirs are at risk from acute malnutrition.
‘I do not know what to do,’ says Muhannad. ‘How can I protect my innocent children this winter?’
Sumayya* was already struggling to feed her family before the change of government came into power. Five years ago, her husband was diagnosed with cancer. All of their savings were spent on medical costs, and then he passed away. Their neighbours paid for the funeral.
Since then, Sumayya has been doing her best to provide for her family. But it is challenging, as a widow and a woman, to find work.
‘I have no work or income except that I borrow wool from the shops and turn them into yarn,’ shares Sumayya. ‘In return I receive two kilos of rice and four kilos of wheat. I give the food to my children, so that they do not die due to hunger, but it is not a stable opportunity – wool is not always available.’
Sumayya has also been forced to withdraw her children from school – it is a luxury the family can no longer afford, especially with the rise in living costs.
‘The price of goods, especially food, is rising every day,’ explains Sumayya.
‘I am afraid worrying too much may eventually make me ill, and my children – who are fatherless – will become motherless too.’