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IRC Afghanistan - Drought Assessment - June 2021
Between May 4th-12th, 2021 the International Rescue Committee (IRC) conducted a drought needs assessment in the provinces of Herat, Badghis, Pakitya, Helmand and Khost to get a clear understanding of the impact of the situation caused by the extreme weather conditions that have affected different parts of the world, including Afghanistan. A sample from 484 community members across the five provinces show that water resources are becoming increasingly scarce as result of slow onset drought conditions, with reported cases of increased conflict over water in various communities. Pastoralists have started experiencing loss of livestock and strain on pastoral livelihoods and this will worsen as food prices increase; it has already been reported that some households have not been able meet their food needs. Key findings include: -83% of 484 people interviewed are already experiencing displacement within their communities -75% respondents reported an increase in conflict arising in areas where water supplies have depleted -81% of participants with children under the age of 5 reported diarrhea and illness owing to a lack of clean water -Interviewees said that some families are being pushed towards extreme survival measures such as selling off their assets,livestocks reducing the number of meals, and child marriage To prevent large-scale displacement, early response is required to support households faced with challenges of food security and livelihoods in form of cash-based assistance or food distributions. Livelihood support should also be prioritised to protect household assets including provision of livestock fodder and veterinary service. This drought assessment report did not include the other major humanitarian factors such as COVID-19, food security situation and conflict, which impact the lives of the Afghans as a whole.
This World Refugee Day, Restore Welcome At Home
This World Refugee Day, the U.S. should redouble its efforts to address the regional displacement crisis in the Americas by increasing its commitments to refugee protection in three key areas.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the IRC
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) is a key component of the IRC’s strategy and vision, and has been identified as a core global priority for our new strategic plan, Strategy 100.
When COVID-19 Vaccines Are Not Enough: Ensuring Delivery to the Last Mile
Five ways to ensure the effective delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to the last mile
Refugees are courageous illustration to color
Download a version of Diala Brisly's illustration embodying the statement "Refugees are courageous" that you can color.
When "We Know Nothing": Recommendations for Ethical Research and Learning with and for LGBTQI People in Humanitarian Settings
Recommendations from LGBTQI-led and -serving organization representatives, researchers, and activists on ethical and equitable research practices on LGBTQI people in emergencies.
Cycles of Displacement: Understanding Exclusion, Discrimination, and Violence Against LGBTQI People in Humanitarian Contexts
This report presents findings from IRC’s Safe at Home LGBTQI Scoping Study on experiences of discrimination, exclusion, and violence against LGBTQI people in humanitarian contexts.
Refugees are courageous illustration
This World Refugee Day, we’re asking people around the world to share this new illustration by Diala Brisly, a Syrian refugee artist living in France.
Communities in Crisis: Policy Recommendations to Address the Humanitarian Crisis in Northern Central America
This policy brief recommends durable solutions to address the root causes of migration and sustain success in responding to humanitarian challenges in Northern Central America.
Focus on the Frontlines: How the Grand Bargain can deliver on its promise to improve humanitarian aid (Brief)
How the Grand Bargain can deliver on its promise to improve humanitarian aid