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The Afghanistan crisis in numbers

26 Sep 2019


OCHA/ Fariba Housaini

As the presidential election approaches in Afghanistan, civilians continue to bear the brunt of insecurity and violence. Aid workers are also affected, compromising their access to people who most need help. Here is a snapshot of the situation in Afghanistan, in numbers. For more, go to our latest humanitarian bulletin. 


All civilians have a right to protection from conflict. But in the first half of this year alone, 3,800 civilians have been killed or injured. Afghanistan was the deadliest conflict to be a child last year, with 927 children killed. And some 100,000 people have been killed or maimed since the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan started tracking in 2009. 

6.3 million

Today, 6.3 million, or almost 1 in 5 people, need emergency aid and protection just to survive. A further 5 million have fled the country seeking refuge. 


Afghanistan is one of the deadliest places to be an aid worker. So far this year, 27 aid workers have been killed, while 319 incidents took place that compromised humanitarian access. Despite this, humanitarian agencies have assisted 4.2 million people thus far. 


The current humanitarian response plan is just 43 per cent funded, leaving a $351 million funding gap. Toby Lanzer, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, said prior to a Member States briefing on the current situation on 26 September: “Afghanistan’s people are not only among the world’s poorest, they are also ravaged by climate change and suffer higher levels of violence than any other country. The number of people in need of life-saving aid reached 6.5 million earlier this year and continues to climb. Increased funding is urgently needed from the international community for emergency relief, to help communities through the upcoming planting season and to weather the winter.” To watch the briefing, go to at 5 p.m. EST. 

Support the country-based pooled fund in Afghanistan. 

Sources: UNOCHA August humanitarian update; UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan; World Food Programme Food Security Brief