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Emergency Relief

Afghanistan has suffered from a series of heartbreaking natural disasters as well as other dire humanitarian crises for which TKHF has provided emergency relief. Below is a summary of the most recent events in Afghanistan that TKHF provided emergency aid for. We quite literally could not provide this critical aid without your support. 


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Crisis in Afghanistan

Read Khaled's response, find out what our plan is and how we are supporting vulnerable Afghans.

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2022 Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Afghanistan

On June 22, 2022, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 hit eastern Afghanistan, mainly impacting the Paktika and Khost provinces. The earthquake was the worst to hit Afghanistan in 20 years, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths, at least 3,700 injuries, and the loss of nearly 4,500 homes.*  In a country where some 24 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian assistance due to food insecurity and other complications from the Taliban takeover in August 2021, this earthquake is an unimaginable additional tragedy. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has been on the ground providing direly needed aid including tents, blankets, jerry cans, kitchen sets, and solar lamps among other essential items.  We are thankful for their efforts and our ability to support them.


*Data from OCHA 

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 May 8th bombing of the Sayed Al-Shuhada school

On May 8, 2021, there was a devastating attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada school in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood in Kabul. The car bomb and subsequent explosives were planned to inflict maximum damage and casualties, and unfortunately, they did just that. It has been reported that there are 85 fatalities and approximately 150 injuries from the attack, with most victims being young girls aged 11-20.

Many of the victims were brought to EMERGENCY's Kabul Surgical Centre for War Victims. EMERGENCY has been operating this facility since 2001, where free surgery for war victims is provided. Marco Puntin, EMERGENCY Programme Coordinator in Afghanistan, reported that in just the first three months of 2021, the facility has seen a 21% increase in surgical patients.

TKHF provided aid for the children and teachers who survived the attack at the Sayed Al-Shuhada school, through the educational fund established by Women for Afghan Women as well as healthcare services provided by EMERGENCY.

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2023 Emergency Relief for Herat Earthquake

In October 2023, western Afghanistan was hit with three 6.3 magnitude earthquakes within less than ten days. The devastation resulted in more than 2,000 deaths, thousands of injuries, hundreds of people missing, and the loss of nearly 3,500 homes.*  Afghanistan has sadly seen its share of tragedies in recent years, but this series of earthquakes caused a level of suffering that is almost unimaginable. Whole villages were left with no homes standing and no families were spared from injuries and the loss of family members, friends, and neighbors.

The Khaled Hosseini Foundation provided over $64,000 in emergency aid to MSF to assist with their work helping the victims of the Herat earthquake.

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*Data from OCHA

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