1 Million Children are at Risk of Dying from Starvation Within Weeks

Today, the situation unfolding in Afghanistan is getting worse by the hour.

Around 23 million people in Afghanistan are facing acute food insecurity, with an estimated 3.2 million children under the age of five expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year. At least 1 million of these children are at risk of dying due to severe acute malnutrition without immediate treatment.

As the country struggles to cope with a rapidly deteriorating economic situation, drought, an ongoing food crisis, and COVID-19 pandemic, children are paying the heaviest price.

With food prices sky-rocketing and another harsh winter around the corner, if children don’t get emergency food supplies soon, the consequences will be devastating.

Please help children in danger and donate now. This is a race against time to keep them alive.

Afghanistan, Kandahar: A nutrition nurse measures the arm circumference of a child to determine their nutritional status during a mobile health and nutrition team visit in Nasaji village.

Afghanistan’s Children Urgently Need your Help NOW

The situation of children in Afghanistan was dire even before the Taliban take-over. But right now, with winter fast approaching – the temperatures can go as low as -25⁰C degrees Celsius in mountainous areas – a total of 12.1 million people are estimated to be in need of assistance this coming winter.

We urgently need support to prevent this crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

Malnourished children have poor immune systems and are extremely vulnerable to life-threatening diseases like cholera and diarrhea.

With a presence stretching back 70 years in Afghanistan and 13 offices across the country, UNICEF is well placed to respond to the emergency and is scaling up its lifesaving programmes for children and women, but we need your urgent support.

Shaziyah, 6, waits for her turn to have a medical check-up. She went to the Mobile health and nutrition team with her mother because she had a cold.

How Your Donations Save Lives

€50 could will give enough mineral supplements and biscuits fortified with vitamins to prevent 10 children getting so ill they could die.

€75 will provide enough peanut paste to treat 15 dangerously malnourished children who will not get better without help.

€100 could provide provide enough fortified milk to save the lives of 20 children who are so malnourished they could die within hours.

Please help children struggling to survive by donating now to UNICEF Ireland.

€75 will supply enough peanut paste to treat 15 dangerously malnourished children like little Khadija.

Other Ways to Donate

You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict and natural disasters. Please donate today and help us protect children in emergencies.

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,

33 Lower Ormond Quay,

Dublin D01 R283.


In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will be directed to where the need is greatest.