Want to help the people of Afghanistan right now? Here's how

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Photo credit: WAKIL KOHSAR - Getty Images
Photo credit: WAKIL KOHSAR - Getty Images

As the devastating situation in Afghanistan continues, the world has watched in anger and despair over the heart-breaking scenes in Kabul, as tens of thousands try to flee the capital after the US withdrew troops from the country and the Taliban seized control.

The most predominant fears right now are for Afghani women and young girls who are now living in fear for their rights and lives, with reports on the ground of them being sent home from their jobs and universities. Previously under the Taliban rule women were not allowed to seek employment, get an education or leave the house without a male guardian.

"I am deeply worried about women, minorities and human rights advocates. Global, regional and local powers must call for an immediate ceasefire, provide urgent humanitarian aid and protect refugees and civilians," tweeted leading women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai.

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It's been devastating to watch the panic and chaos of the last 24 hours unfold as thousands fight for their lives, with women, men and children pleading for refuge.

While you may feel powerless given the gravity of the conflict, there are plenty of ways you can help the people of Afghanistan, who are in desperate need of food, shelter and refuge, right now.

We've rounded up charities and resources that urgently need your support now:

Women For Afghan Women

Women For Afghan Women is a women’s rights organisation and is urgently working to provide safe shelter, resources and aid for thousands of women, children and families.

Children Without Borders

Children Without Borders have set up a GoFundMe page for urgent relief, helping innocent families displaced in Kabul who don’t have the financial means to survive.


Unicef are fighting to protect vulnerable children affected by the conflict, who are in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies.

Afghan Aid

Afghan Aid are providing emergency assistance where needed and supporting families who have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the conflict.

Women For Women International

Women For Women International is an organisation that provides aid and support to women in war-torn countries who have had a long presence in Afghanistan.

Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief is delivering urgent water, food, hygiene kits, shelter, and more to displaced families who have been affected by the conflict.

Turquoise Mountain Trust

Turquoise Mountain Trust has been working in Afghanistan for over 15 years and have a community that includes 200 dedicated staff, who are working with their network to provide urgent support and relief to those in need.

Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands is an organisation who are distributing lifesaving aid to women, men and children, including emergency food parcels, blankets, pillows, cooked hot meals, powdered milk to new mothers, as well as emergency health care and medication.

International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee deliver comprehensive and holistic help to uprooted families who are most in need.

Sanitary Products for Displaced Afghan Women

Sanitary Products for Displaced Afghan Women is a GoFundMe page raising money to provide sanitary products to displaced women and girls as well as baby supplies.

Use your voice

Donations are essential, not everyone has the means to do so. But you can still help by signing petitions and writing to your MP for an action plan to help Afghan refugees in Britain. There is this Change.org motion asking the UK government to accelerate an asylum plan for Afghan women and girls. And this petition from ChooseLove helps to inform your local MP of your desire to welcome refugees and create a safe space for those fleeing Afghanistan.

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