Appeals & Response Plans
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Mar 2019
- Afghanistan: Drought - Apr 2018
- Afghanistan: Avalanches and Floods - Jan 2017
- Afghanistan/Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2015
- Afghanistan: Avalanches, Floods and Landslides - Feb 2015
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods and Landslides - Apr 2014
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Aug 2013
- Afghanistan: Earthquake - Apr 2013
- Afghanistan: Floods and Landslides - Feb 2013
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Jul 2012
Maps & Infographics
Headlines (most recent)
- OHCHR: Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report. 17 Apr 2019
- IFRC: Afghanistan flood survivors fear for the future. 15 Apr 2019
- The New Humanitarian: Afghanistan struggles to treat civilians maimed by conflict as casualties soar. 4 Apr 2019
- World Vision: Homes, crops and animals washed away in Afghanistan floods. 1 Apr 2019
- Afghan Red Crescent: Ten million Afghans face severe hardship after extreme weather. 28 Mar 2019
Most read reports
- IFRC: Afghanistan flood survivors fear for the future. 15 Apr 2019
- OHCHR: Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees in Afghanistan: Preventing Torture and Ill-treatment under the Anti-Torture Law. 17 Apr 2019
- GPEI: Polio this week as of 17 April 2019. 18 Apr 2019
- USAID: USAID hosts a women’s empowerment event [EN/Dari]. 18 Apr 2019
- IOM: IOM - Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) Weekly Report (03 - 09 April 2019). 18 Apr 2019
In response to the worst natural disaster in Pakistan's history, World Concern is funding the work of two longtime partners who have staff working in the region: Mercy Corps and World Vision.
REUTERS/Danish Ismail courtesy www.alertnet.org
The 7.7 magnitude quake struck at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, October 8, wiping out entire villages and towns in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
In the Midst of the Iraqi Conflict, Afghanistan has Not Been Forgotten
SEATTLE - As an estimated 2 million refugees flood back into Afghanistan, Seattle-based World Concern's relief program continues to feed 15,000 families through its partner, Central Asian Development Agency. In addition, World Concern has now moved into the Mazar region and is beginning to shift the focus of its work from relief to reconstruction.
Seattle - Seattle-based World Concern reports that over the last few months, northeastern Afghanistan has received sufficient rainfall to produce an adequate harvest after years of extreme drought. Rain fell just in time, as the World Food Program, which supplies food for World Concern's relief program, could only deliver 78% of the food required for the early summer months.
Northeastern Afghanistan was blessed with several days of rain this spring raising hopes that some of the region's crops will survive this year's continued drought. World Concern and our partners remain focused on feeding more than 65,000 impoverished families in the northeast. Concurrently, we are purchasing seed for 50,000 farming families in a first step toward rebuilding a sustainable food source.
World Concern, through our partnership in Northeast Afghanistan, is currently providing food to more than 65,000 people in 78 villages in the districts of Chah Ab and Rustaq in Takhar province. Road rebuilding continues to be the primary focus of our "food for work" programs. In these programs, laborers receive food for their families in exchange for taking part in rebuilding their communities. Families in our "food for work" program have completed work on 69 km (43 miles) of roads in Chah Ab district and 26 km (16 miles) in Rustaq.
Earthquakes continue to take lives and multiply the suffering in Northern Afghanistan. April 12, 2002, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake killed 50 people, injured 120 and completely destroyed two villages that had been damaged by last month's devastating quakes. Eighty percent of the victims were children.
SEATTLE - Seattle-based World Concern and their partners have 100 metric tons of emergency relief supplies stocked and positioned within Northern Afghanistan ready, as needed, for victims of this week's earthquakes. Relief experts are now in Baghlan province working with local leaders to confirm damage reports and to build plans for immediate relief and long-term rehabilitation.
SEATTLE - Seattle-based World Concern will be providing aid to Afghan families injured and displaced by this week's earthquakes. World Concern staff and partners are assessing the magnitude of devastation, but Afghanistan's antiquated communications system makes receiving reports from within the country a challenge. Media reports vary widely indicating 2,000 to 5,000 dead and 10,000 to 30,000 left homeless.
SEATTLE - Seattle-based World Concern received information today that Sunday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan did not impair their on-going relief work in the region. Early reports from the province of Takhar, where World Concern's work is located, indicate minor damage.
SEATTLE - Mr. Cory Heins of Edmonds, Wash. (originally of Poulsbo, Wash., PLU alumnus), who has been coordinating World Concern's relief work in Afghanistan, will return to Seattle this Sunday, February 3. While in Afghanistan, Heins helped distribute aid to almost 10,000 families (70,000 people) in the Northeast Afghan province of Takhar.
As snow continues to fall in Northeast Afghanistan, World Concern and our partner agencies are continuing shipments of warm clothing, shoes and blankets into the region. So far, 94,000 pieces of clothing have been distributed to 3,757 families (41,979 people) in the Takhar province. 1,540 families now have warm blankets and almost 3,000 children now own new shoes or boots.
World Concern and our partner agencies in Northeastern Afghanistan are focusing this week on providing relief aid in the districts of Chah Ab and Rustaq in the Takhar province. The district of Chah Ab consists of 62 villages that are home to 64,000 people. Three years of drought have devastated this region, which once exported wheat to other areas of Afghanistan.
SEATTLE - An earthquake measuring magnitude 6.0 shook the northeastern Afghan city of Chah-ab this morning around 11:30 a.m. (11:00 p.m. PST). At the time, Mr. Cory Heins of Edmonds, Wash., a relief worker with World Concern, was distributing winter clothing and blankets to families who had walked up to 12 hours from remote villages for the supplies.
Interview Op: Interviews available by appointment with Cory Heins in Northeastern Afghanistan via satellite phone beginning December 31, 2001.
LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Today at 11:00 a.m. volunteers at World Concern's distribution warehouse in Lynnwood will carefully pack clothing, blankets and emergency Share Kits into a container bound for Afghanistan. The container is scheduled to arrive in Tajikistan in late-January and trucks will deliver the supplies across the border to World Concern's base of operations in Northeast Afghanistan. World Concern and their partners will then directly distribute the provisions, along with food aid, into the hands of Afghan families.
(SEATTLE - Nov. 21, 2001) Sunday, November 25 at 1:05 p.m. World Concern Relief Director Kelly Miller will leave SeaTac Airport on Flight #6034 bound for Pakistan. There, he will meet with the USAID's regional Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) regarding disaster assistance in Afghanistan.
(SEATTLE - Nov. 21, 2001) With the retreat of the Taliban, many Afghan families are beginning to pack up their tarps and leave the camps they've called "home" for months or even years. When they return to the cities and villages they fled, however, many are finding their homes destroyed, food scarce and health care nonexistent.
(SEATTLE - Nov. 13, 2001) Today, a four-agency partnership of international relief organizations announced they would expand humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan as reports of Northern Alliance victories and Taliban retreats came back from the most active battle areas.
SEATTLE - World Concern Relief Director Kelly Miller, who has been traveling in northern Afghanistan and Tajikistan for the past few weeks, meets today in Washington DC with the USAID offices of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Food for Peace. Miller will be updating USAID on the current situation in northeast Afghanistan and new developments regarding the availability of food aid in Tajikistan. He will also be urging additional support for relief efforts in the Takhar region.