Hundreds of families from the Ghazni Province of southeastern Afghanistan, forced from their homes by conflict, faced untenable living conditions as they sought to escape violence just before winter settled in.
The turbulence displaced more than 1,250 families, stranding them without food, shelter or medical care. In the remote Andar district alone, nearly 300 families were forced to leave their homes in early 2016 and suffered for months before receiving humanitarian services.
With the support of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Relief International provided assistance to the neediest Ghazni families during 2016, distributing cash for food, rent, clothing, education materials and health care. RI supported each family for one month, providing the cash for their most pressing needs and the dignity to reclaim their lives and weather the difficult situation.
Between July 2016 and January 2017, RI teams provided financial support to nearly 4,000 internally displaced people, more than half of them children.
RI has been delivering emergency support to displaced persons and other vulnerable populations in hard-to-reach areas of Afghanistan since 2001. The cash assistance program in Ghazni Province represents RI's mission to support the most vulnerable communities in crises and to help preserve the dignity of individuals affected by disasters.