With the global spread of Covid-19, regions afflicted by crisis and severe poverty in particular are being observed closely and with increasing worries. Also in our project country Afghanistan the pandemic has severe consequences.
Ramadan Campaign 2020 – Corona Emergency Relief for Herat
After forty years of war, Afghanistan lacks medical care, trained personnel and equipment which makes the healthcare system nearly non-existent.
Despite the peace treaty between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Spring of 2020, the Taliban and Afghan armies keep on fighting. Alongside with these ongoing conflicts, important information about the current corona pandemic is lost. Without even being able to fully understand the situation, many people are confronted with the consequences of the crisis that threaten their very existence.
One of our members, Winuss, reports from Herat, where she has talked to inhabitants of the refugee camp “Minara“ on March 21st, 2020:
“Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the day-labourers can’t work any longer. They have neither food reserves nor money. Many of them feel left alone by the government and do not know what all this will come to. Because of the dangerous situation, the GIZ (German Association for International Cooperation) and other international organizations have already left the country. In the town of Herat, nearly all shops are closed. The prices have increased, and, for instance, the price of beans has even doubled
The refugee camps as well as the streets of Herat are empty, despite Nouroz which is usually celebrated here.”
Our Solution APPROACH
We reacted immediately as we moved up our Ramadan campaign by a month, in order to distribute our goods as soon as possible to those in need under these special circumstances: day-labourers, internally displaced individuals and people with impairments.
In the spring of 2020, we have been able to implement three emergency aid campaigns in Herat. We have supported a school for around 170 visually impaired children, a training center for around 82 young adults who were wounded in conflicts or by IED (improvised explosive devices), and the refugee camp “Minara”, which is inhabited by 282 families (refugees from Ghor and the south of Afghanistan), 7 km (4,35 miles) south of the center of Herat.
One emergency aid package cost about €65 and contained approximately: 50 kg flour (112,75lb), 6 l oil ( 1,58 gl), 1 kg tea (2,255lb), 5 kg beans (11,27 lb), 10kg rice (22,25lb), sanitary products (Soap, Shampoo) and school supplies ( e.g. paper).