- Afghanaid: Afghanaid is working hard to ensure the safety of its staff and has already re-opened a number of provincial and district offices to continue their work in supporting remote rural communities. Right now they are responding with emergency assistance where needed and supporting families who have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the conflict. Find out more here.
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): The ICRC has a team of 1,800 international and national staff who provide diverse humanitarian assistance across the country. Our aim is not only to bring assistance, but also to keep civilians and people deprived of their freedom safe from harm. Find out more here.
- International Rescue Committee (IRC): The IRC has been responding in Afghanistan since 1988 and will stay as long as they are needed. ICRC has launched an appeal to raise much-needed funds to ensure their teams can continue to deliver lifesaving aid in areas of conflict, as well as to provide emergency cash assistance and protection services for internally displaced people in Kabul. Find out more here.
- Save the Children: This group is providing aid to displaced families, although it warns that “some areas are inaccessible to humanitarians.” It estimates that 800,000 children have been displaced in the last two months. Find out more here.
- Women for Women International: This group has launched an emergency campaign to help Afghan women and says it’s monitoring the situation on the ground. Find out more here.
Message the White House
The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate rapidly as instability increases. Already, around 550,000 people have been displaced by conflict this year and displacement levels are soaring. Many Afghans say they fear for their lives as violence continues to increase. Women and children represent 80% of Afghans who have been forced to flee since May. The rapidly escalating need for protection options in Afghanistan demonstrate how imperative it is for the Biden Administration to take immediate action to help the estimated 18.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.
It is the responsibility of President Biden and the State Department to do everything possible to immediately facilitate safe and orderly departure for all eligible U.S.-affiliated persons in need of safety and protection. The lives of countless Afghans depend on the U.S. government acting promptly to resume visa processing and drastically accelerate the process.
Fall of Afghanistan capital hits home for some Sacramento residents, FOX 40, 16 August 2021
Afghans Living In Sacramento Area Anxious To Learn If Family Got Out Of Afghanistan Safely, CBS 13, 16 August 2021
‘We’re a state of refuge’: Gov. Newsom welcomes Afghan refugees to CA, ABC 7 News, 16 August 2021
‘They have nowhere to go’: Local Afghans worried for family back home, FOX 40, 16 August 2021
‘Like a horror movie.’ Sacramento Afghan community fears for friends, relatives in Kabul, Sacramento Bee, 16 August 2021
Sacramento area Afghan Americans, veterans react to Taliban seizure of Afghanistan, KCRA 3, 16 August 2021
San Rafael nonprofit pleads for help evacuating 360 Afghan employees in Kabul, ABC 7 News, 15 August 2021