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Help for cleft children in South Asia

Afghanistan
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Facts about Afghanistan
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From 2009 to 2018, some 6,500 children were killed and another 15,000 injured in Afghanistan. According to Unicef, the country was the deadliest war zone in the world in 2018.
400,000
Afghanistan is a minefield. To date, more than 400,000 children have been victims of landmines. They have lost arms or legs – or even their lives.
3.7 million
According to Unicef, attacks on schools tripled from 2017 to 2018. Over 1,000 schools were closed. This affects 3.7 million school-age children.
2,500
Around 2,500 children with cleft lip and palate are born in Afghanistan each year. Due to the difficult situation in the country, most have no access to treatment.
1,426
In 2020 we were again able to make more than a hundred operations possible in Afghanistan, despite the difficult conditions. We have enabled more than 1,400 operations since the start of our project in the country in 2010.
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Our work in Afghanistan

We have been working to help children with cleft lip and palate in Afghanistan since 2010. Unfortunately the security situation remains difficult. Attacks by the Taliban and other radical groups are part of people’s everyday lives. Due to this situation, many families have lost everything and live in extreme poverty. As a result, access to medical care in the country is poor. In addition, many hospitals have been destroyed and there is a lack of qualified doctors.

With the withdrawal of western troops, the security situation will remain the major challenge in the further development of our Afghan project locations in 2021, 20 years after the start of the war in the Hindu Kush. As always, it is children who suffer the most. We do all we can to help as many cleft children in Afghanistan as possible with free surgeries.

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Your donation for cleft children in Afghanistan

Children in Afghanistan still suffer terribly. And cleft children are particularly hard hit: along with all the other problems, they also have little chance to receive a safe operation in the country. Please help these cleft children in Afghanistan with your donation. Every child counts!

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Country portrait Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan are suffering the consequences of decades of war and political unrest: high child and maternal mortality, malnutrition, polio, violence against women and girls. Despite the end of the Taliban regime in 2001, the security situation is still very tense, violent attacks are part of people’s everyday lives. As a result, many families live in extreme poverty in the underdeveloped country. It remains to be seen how this situation will develop after the withdrawal of Western troops in 2021.

Afghanistan is a landlocked country between Central and South Asia, bordering China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Some three quarters of the country are covered by mountains that are difficult to access. In the northeast-southwest direction, Afghanistan is criss-crossed by the Hindu Kush mountains. Around 80 percent of the population live in rural areas.
Area
652,860 km²
Population
37,172,386
Official languages
Pashto, Persian
Predominant religion
Islam
Currency
Afghani
Capital
Kabul

Children are especially hard hit: 600,000 girls and boys under the age of five are severely malnourished, 30 percent of the children have to do child labor, and more than one million are orphans.