The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a UN agency mandated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people. UNHCR assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration, or resettlement to a third country.
Recently, violence and insecurity have forced more than 550,000 Afghan children, women, and men to flee their homes, adding to the growing number of over 3 million people who were already displaced within Afghanistan. The impact on women and children, who account for 80 percent of the recently displaced, has been especially devastating. With the recent wave of violence and insecurity resulting in significant new displacement, UNHCR galvanized support to address the urgent humanitarian needs in Afghanistan.
As the UN’s leading resettlement agency, UNHCR has been on the ground from the first moment that the crisis began. With 200 team members in Afghanistan operating in nearly two thirds of Afghan districts, and through a global network of suppliers, specialist agencies, and partners, UNHCR is working to provide urgently-needed services to displaced Afghan families including emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation support, cash assistance, and personal protective equipment to fight COVID-19.
With UNFCU Foundation’s grant via its partner USA for UNCHR, UNHCR will provide emergency relief supplies to hundreds of evacuee families.