A family sitting together.

These children stay with relatives as their father Shakrullah, 26 (not pictured), looks for work as a day laborer. Shakrullah was born in Pakistan but harassment and uncertain legal status forced his family to leave their homes in a camp for Afghan refugees. The IRC is supporting them with emergency cash.

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Abu asleep under a mosquito net.

Two-year-old Abu sleeps under a mosquito net in the heat of the day in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar. His family, undocumented Afghan refugees, returned nine months ago after pressure from Pakistani authorities. When they arrived the IRC provided them with a tent and 17,000 Afghanis ($250) in cash they now use to pay rent.

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Women carrying cash.

Women receive cash relief for their families at the Afghan government's Directorate for Refugees and Repatriation office. The IRC distributes the cash, along with emergency supplies such as light blankets and water purification tablets, to returning families in need.

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A small child resting on Rahmat's shoulders.

A year ago, while Rahmat,23, and his family were still in Pakistan, a propane cylinder used for cooking exploded in their home, severely burning Shah and his two children. The IRC has paid the family's rent for three months and provided cash grants, which have mostly gone toward treatment for the children's burns.

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Boys washing a water buffalo in a river outside Jalalabad.

Boys wash water buffalo in a river outside Jalalabad. Nearby, a wall is being built with funding from the IRC to protect a water canal from the river. The IRC has been supporting the Afghan people for nearly four decades as they endure displacement and poverty. 

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