It is a crucial fact that women and children are the most vulnerable part of the society, they are being affected massively through each and every political context, economic and natural disasters. As such, women and children are most effected by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the South-eastern region of Afghanistan; Spera district in Khost and Barmal and Giyan districts in Paktika on 22 June 2022.

The majority of women and children beside being mostly affected by the earthquake, they were not able to visit a medical treatment doctor for years, the core reason behind it from one side was the poverty and from other side, they were also being effected by patriarchal society. They were suffering from various types of diseases; such as gynecology and childbirth problems, cancer, tuberculosis, stomach illness and psychological disorders. The tragic incident of earthquake, added more to their suffering and worsen their living condition.

HAWCA’s health team, build up from expert doctors, immediately visited the Giyan district of Paktika and with financial support from Donor Direct Action, we were able to reach hundreds of women and children in this rural area, many of these women and children received medical treatment support and assistance. Among the women who visited us for medical treatment assistance, there were many who lost their family members and were in great trauma. Most of them were not even able to express their great panic and pain that they are going through. One of the women, a 50-year-old lady told us that she lost four of her family members, but our doctors supported her physiologically for mental rehabilitation. When we talked to her, she was only able to wave her hand and said that four members of her family were victims of this incident. Like her, many other women were suffering from a serious mental condition and trauma that they were not in a position to speak about it. People's houses were either fully destroyed or they were so leaky that they were not live in them, the majority lived in tents and in wide open areas without access to nutrition and medical support to gain their health back.

The suffering women and children in these rural areas effected massively through earthquake, needs financial and medical support for physical and mental rehabilitation. We are glad and proud that we have been able to provide medical support by HAWCA’s visit in this district, maybe we can hold their hands and bring the smiles to their innocent faces once again to be revived from this tragic natural disaster. On behalf of all those people, all those families; children and women, we are thankful to Donor Direct Action for their immediate genuine support.

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Marzia who has lost her husband 6 years ago is living in a rural area of Kabul located in Afshar mountains. She says “I have diabetics and heart problem and cannot work, there is no one else in the family to work. Before the Taliban regime, I used to take two of my eldest daughters to neighboring houses to work and earn money for the family, but now from one side the people do not have money to spare and from the other side the Taliban are imposing limitations and people are afraid to allow young girls to their homes. I have a 13 years old son who is a student in one of the shops and years AFN 1000 per month which does not even cover his travel expenses. My husband worked with the previous government military and was killed 6 years ago. I was able to get his pension before the arrival of the Taliban but now even that is not paid to us. It has been 3 months that we barely find something to eat one timer per day.
Most of the nights we have to sleep with empty stomachs”. With tears in her eyes she continued “ sometimes life becomes so hard that I want to commit suicide but then I think of my children and young daughters, if something happens to me then who will take care of them, who will protect them from the cruel world” she continued “ We are very happy that you brought us this aid package, may God in return fulfill all your needs, I still cannot believe that you have traveled all the way here to bring us this aid, please thank the donor and all those people who even though living in a peaceful environment and are a thousand miles far from her, yet remembers us and aid us, My God keep them all safe and happy”.
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Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and children of Afghanistan, in continuity to its previous emergency services activities for the IDPs and needy families, this time supported 300 families in Kartai Now, Deh Muradkhan, Timani, Sar Kotal, Khoshal khan, Sarai Herati, Qala Wahid, Karti Sakhi, Niaz bik and Company area of Kabul.

These families had sad stories to share with us.

One of the families that received the aid belong to Fariha. Fariha is living with her 6 children in a mud made house which has holes in its roof and water pours in. Her husband was in Afghan National Army and lost his leg during the fighting and is currently unable to work. Fariha’s children has to beg on the street to earn money to keep the family running. Her eldest daughter who is 9 years old says that she loves to study and wants to become a doctor and help the needy families. Fariha says that its very painful for her to see her daughters’ dreams being destroyed because she cannot go to school since they do not have money for the stationary and she has to beg to earn money to feed the family.

Talawatkhan, a 13 years old boy from another family who is originally from Nangarhar and currently lives in Qala Wahid has a hand trolley and works in Kota Sangi market. He says that he hardly makes 100 to 150 per day. HAWCA team visited his family in Qala Wahid. The family was very happy to see the staff and greeted them. They said that Talawatkhan is the only member of the family who is healthy and able to earn money. Her mother said that her other children have some sort of skin disease which creates injuries on their body and cannot work, she said that they do not have the money for their treatment.

Aziz is the father of 5 children and is living in Deh Murad Khan. He is also responsible to take care of his mother who is very sick. Aziz was a soldier in the previous government and lost his job once the Taliban took over the country. He sells vegetables in the local market and barely makes any money. Azizs wife says that sometimes her husband is able to earn money to buy 5 breads buts most of the time even that is not possible since the number of people who sells vegetable in the market has increased. She continued that unfortunately her children are unable to go to school since they cannot afford the expenses of their education.

Nooria, another woman from Kartai Sakhi, lost her father and mother in 1990 when a rocket hit their home and since then she has psychological issues. Noori is now responsible to take care of her two children and also take care of her nephew whose parents were killed. Although she is sick, still she sells plastics to earn money and keep the family running.

These were some details of few of the people who were provided support. Today the Ukraine news is covered by all media around the world and Afghanistan has been forgotten. We ask the world not to forget Afghanistan and that there are many who are still in urgent need.

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HAWCA continues its support to the needy families in Kabul. This time the HAWCA staff went to Shah Shahid area of Kabul which is located outside the city and the people living in this area are mostly poor. We spoke with the families about their current needs and problems. Most of the families stated that they are unable to buy food items and get medical services since the prices have gone high and there is no jobs and income.
One of the families that received the aid was Susans, family. She is 31 years old and has 4 children. Her eldest son is 13 years old and is a daily worker in the local market. Some days he is able to earn 100 to 150 AFN but most of the days he is unable to even earn this amount. Susan is living in rented room with bad condition. Susans husband worked in one of the military departments of the previous government. With the arrival of Taliban, he escaped from Afghanistan. With tears in her eyes Susans says” My husband had to leave Afghanistan because his life was in danger, no one helped him to get out of the country and so he had no choice but to go to Iran and from there go to another country, it is almost 5 months that he has left here. About 3 months ago he has called us from Turkish border but since then I have no news of him, I am afraid he has died while trying to enter Turkey. Two of my children one is 1 years old and the other one is 3 years old are sick and I do not have money for their treatment. They are all I have and I do not want to lose them”.
Although HAWCA provided the family with the basic support that was available, many more families like them are in great danger and require immediate supports.
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In continuity to our emergency supports, this time HAWCA staff visited Chahar Qala Wazir Abad and provided emergency aids to the needy families there.
One of the families receiving the aid belong to Farkhonda.
Farkhonda has 4 children and is living with her husband in a mud made house. Her husband has a hand trolley and sells vegetables in the local market. Farkhonda says that before the arrival of Taliban her husband was able to earn enough to feed the family, however, now a days since many people have lost their jobs, the number of people with hand trollies has increased. They are all selling fruits and vegetable in the market and so her husband barely makes 100 to 150 AFN per day which is not enough to feed the family and so the children have to sell plastic bags and sometimes beg.
Farkhonda was very happy to receive the aid and gave her warmest regards to the donor and supporters of HAWCA.
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Continuing the previous meetings with the poor families, this time we went to Deharaban-Qargha and visited some families, including Rakia.
Rakia is the mother of 5 children, her husband uses to work in the ministry of the economics of the previous government but due to high blood pressure, he had a stroke and is now paralyzed. The ministry did not pay for his treatment and did not even pay him his pension.
Rakia worked in an organization and was able to feed his children but now she has no job and for the past 4 months she is looking for a new job but has not found any. She has no choice but to beg on the streets and to send her children to beg too.
While crying she said “I wanted my children to become a doctor or an engineer one day, I and my husband had a lot of dreams for them but unfortunately my husband got disabled and I lost my job, I don’t know why this is happening to me and I don’t know what will happen to my children, every day I and my children has to beg to keep the family alive. Today neither of us earned anything and I was so worried about what to give my children to eat tonight. I am forever grateful to you for your support, may God give you all a long and happy life”.
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Shahnaz has seven daughters and one son. She is living in a large basement which is 6X4 meters big and a single room and is very humid. Her husband has a hand trolley and barely makes 100 AFN per day. That’s why they family cannot rent a house and has to live in this large humid basement in this cold winter. The family pays AFN 1500 and also does the house work of the owner to cover the rent of the place. The large basement is the living room, the kitchen, the sleeping room etc. the children also beg after returning from the school so that they could find something to eat.
Shahnaz children use to go to HAWCA peace Building Center which was close to them and they use to get stationary and other school items. As the Peace Building Center is close now due to lack of funds, her daughters have to walk 3 kilometers to go to another center which is free, however, that center do not provide them with stationary or any other type of aid. Shahnaz says” my daughters have to wear plastic bags instead of socks since I do not have money to buy socks and shoes for them. Their current shoes are torn and water gets in, I hope the Peace Building Center starts soon so that they could go there again”.
Shahnaz was very much thankful for the aid that her family received and stated that the food package will help them a lot and she can buy stationary for her children from what is earned in this month.
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Continuing the previous meetings with the poor families, this time we went to Kotal Khairkhana and visited some families, including Rahela.
Rahela, a woman with eight children who came to Kabul from Parwan province, she states that the reason for coming to Kabul is the poverty and misery of her family and the escape from the debtors. for the past five months, her husband was out of work and had to borrow money from the people hoping that one day he will find a job and repay them. He tried everything but was unable to repay the money he borrowed, now the money lenders are visiting his home every day and are threatening him.
Rahila says "it's two weeks that my husband is gone and I don’t know where he is, I am afraid that he might have been killed by one of the money lenders " crying". I worked in people's houses and they paid me around 100 AFN but now that the situation has gone worst, no one is able to hire me. I don’t know how to feed my children. I am lucky that you came to us at such a critical time, thank you for your support”.
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