Humanitarian Crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine
The humanitarian and human rights crisis continues in Afghanistan. The lives of human rights activists, particularly women’s rights defenders, are at risk. More than 875,000 people have been displaced since President Biden announced in April 2021 plans to withdraw US troops, some 80 percent of whom are women and children. This brings the total number in need of humanitarian aid to more than 24 million.
The crisis is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing drought.
The conflict in Ukraine has displaced more than 15 million people since the latest military offensive by the Russian Federation began in February 2022; more than 6.4 million people have fled to countries in the region and 8 million people are forcibly displaced within Ukraine itself.
Among those displaced or in need of humanitarian aid, the Women’s Refugee Commission is particularly concerned about the situation for women, adolescent girls, children, and other marginalized populations.