CAFOD Launches Afghanistan Appeal

Wednesday 15th December 2021

International development charity CAFOD is today launching an appeal to help families in Afghanistan in crisis.

At the heart of our Catholic communities across England and Wales is an amazing compassion and generosity in response to the suffering of our sisters and brothers, a response that staff and volunteers at CAFOD have experienced time and again.

Our common humanity calls on us to respond to suffering and in doing so, charities such as CAFOD bring hope through the vital aid they can deliver.

Today, CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) joins 14 other charities who are members of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to launch an appeal to help families living in desperate situations.

In Afghanistan, more than half the population of women, children and men are at crisis point, facing extreme hunger caused by years of drought, conflict and the devastating impact of coronavirus.

But things are likely to get much, much worse, with some parts of the country on the brink of famine conditions.

As a bitter winter sets in, our sisters and brothers in Afghanistan face uncertainty about how they will feed their families and keep them safe in the most difficult of circumstances.

Many families have had no choice but to flee their homes in search of sanctuary because of instability and violent conflict.  Their lives have been turned upside down.

CAFOD has worked in Afghanistan since the 1980’s responding to the needs and hopes of local communities.  CAFOD’s local partners and our sister agencies are already present in Afghanistan and working despite the many challenges.  But the numbers of people in need of life-saving emergency aid is increasing by the day.

During Advent we open our hearts to welcome Jesus.  We show commitment to being vigilant and looking beyond ourselves, opening ourselves up to the needs of others – our brothers and sisters and their calls for a safe, just, new world.

We ask you to join the CAFOD community in praying for our sisters and brothers in Afghanistan and be open to their needs this winter:

You can find more information, prayers and links to make an emergency donation by clicking here.

CAFOD is also hosting a webinar on Wednesday 15 December at 7pm with an update on CAFOD’s response. It is open to all and those interested need to register in advance. Click here to register.

Thank you for your faith in CAFOD and all you do to share the compassion of Christ during these difficult times.

May you have a peaceful and blessed Advent.

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