Afghanistan Emergency

Millions of people in Afghanistan are experiencing misery and hunger amid decades of conflict, the collapse of the country’s economy, years of drought, and freezing wintertime temperatures.

Afghanistan, which has endured repeated humanitarian crises, faces its darkest time.

UNHCR and its partners have launched joint response plans to deliver vital humanitarian relief. There are 24 million people inside Afghanistan and 5.7 million Afghans and host communities in five neighbouring countries who need support.

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24 million

people in Afghanistan in need of vital humanitarian relief


people newly displaced within Afghanistan in 2021 (OCHA)

3.4 million

people internally displaced by conflict in Afghanistan by 31 December 2021

5.7 million

Afghans and host communities in five neighbouring countries in need of support

Around UNHCR Iran

Inauguration of a health center in Qom

On 11 May, with the presence of representatives from BAFIA, Ministry of Health and Medical Education and UNHCR, a comprehensive health center was inaugurated in Qom, Iran.

Iraqi Refugee healthcare worker in Iran

Moheyman, an Iraqi refugee nurse in Iran, does his best to attend to refugees and Iranians requiring healthcare. Nurses are vital for the world’s care and safety.

Refugee ➡️ Student ➡️ Graphic designer

Sonita Rahmani’s parents sought refuge in Iran in early 1980s following the conflict in Afghanistan. Born and raised in Iran, Sonita has completed her studies and now works as a freelance graphic designer in Tehran.

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Former Afghan refugee announced as a High Profile Supporter for UNHCR

Mohammad Abbas Karimi was announced as a High Profile Supporter for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency May 2021.

Refugees get traction in Germany’s auto industry

A programme by Volkswagen offers refugees a path to a permanent job at the world’s largest auto maker.

World must act and deliver for Afghan refugees, says UN chief

At the Refugee Summit in Islamabad, leaders celebrated the enduring generosity of Pakistan and Iran in hosting Afghans – and urged other nations to do more to sustain them.

Afghan teen aspires to help her country heal

Forty years of conflict have trapped millions of Afghans in exile, but Nadia yearns to go home – when peace returns, and once she has the medical skills to care for her people.

Afghan woman breaks barriers to heal Pakistan’s poor

Having grown up in a Turkmen refugee community without easy access to education, Saleema has beaten the odds by becoming a doctor.

New school brings Afghan students in from the cold

A UN-funded school building gives 500 children in a village north of Kabul a better chance at finishing their education.

Afghan boy endures hardship en route to a better future

Farouk, 15, fled Afghanistan and endured a difficult journey to be reunited with his siblings in London thanks in part to help from UNHCR.

Lone children face insecurity on Greek island

Unaccompanied children seeking asylum say they face poor conditions and threats of violence at a reception centre on Lesvos.

‘If I couldn’t study, I would feel paralyzed’

A DAFI scholarship from UNHCR allows Kobra Yusufy, 27, returned refugee, to study software engineering at Kabul University and pursue her dream of teaching.