Afghanistan Earthquake Update: The Heartbreak Continues

With Afghanistan already facing numerous tragedies this past year, we are heartbroken at the June 22 news of a 6.1 magnitude earthquake, killing over 1,000 people.

The first in two decades, the devastating earthquake occurred in the southeastern region of Afghanistan near the Pakistani border. Over 1,600 people have also been injured, filling hospitals and making worse an already difficult humanitarian and economic crisis since the Taliban took over. The country has faced hunger, drought and terrorist attacks in addition to an economic and healthcare crisis since August 2021.

Please pray with us:

  • for aid assistance to arrive quickly in the eastern region of Afghanistan;
  • for safety and healing of survivors with limited access to medical care;
  • for regional recovery;
  • for opportunities for Christian workers to offer comfort, care and provision to Afghan families.

The heart of Afghanistan is breaking. And so are many of ours across Australia. Daily, we see what desperation looks like as families flee their homes or struggle to protect their children. Daily, we read how fear steals even the basics in life—in only a matter of days.

Decades of a refugee crisis have resulted in nearly six million Afghans forcibly displaced from their homes. The Taliban’s recent takeover of the government has severely compounded the crisis, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee from their homes and tens of thousands in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

I WANT TO HELP

Your financial gifts can mean the difference between life and death in this crisis. They show the world that God is greater than the crisis in Afghanistan.

Baptist World Aid’s partners are active and committed to continue meeting the needs of those most vulnerable: displaced families.

Your financial gift has been made available so they can continue helping displaced families at risk of starvation. Your assistance will help keep families fed, warm and sheltered in camps, especially during winter.

Our local partners are providing critically-needed emergency supplies for displaced families in Afghanistan. This includes:

  • primary health care focusing on women and children
  • safe pregnancy deliveries, antenatal and postnatal care
  • psychosocial support
  • behaviour-changing activities focused on health, nutrition and hygiene

We are also providing displaced families on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan with cash grants for monthly food aid, blankets, mattresses and plastic sheets for winter protection.

Please donate today. Join us as we respond to this unfolding tragedy and provide real assistance to those who need it most. Thank you!

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Sources: NY Times, ABC News