Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Way Ahead

This event took place on August 18, 2022.

One year after the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan has remained in the grips of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The country’s economy has collapsed, and more than half of Afghans face the very real prospect of hunger and starvation. Last winter, aid agencies and their Afghan partners stood up one of the largest relief operations in history and staved off the worst. But Afghan communities across the country continue to live on the brink of disaster. Refugees International traveled to Afghanistan in June to assess the situation.

In this discussion, moderated by Vice President for Programs and Policy Hardin Lang, we shared our findings and prospects for Afghanistan’s future. The talk featured CEO of the Moby Group and owner of Tolo TV Saad Mohseni, Country Director for the UN World Food Program in Afghanistan Mary-Ellen McGroarty, Deputy Director of the Afghan Women’s Network and visiting scholar and fellow at the University of Texas at Arlington Roshan Mashal, and board chair of the Afghan-American Foundation Joseph Azam. Refugees International Interim President Maureen White offered welcoming remarks. The event was also interpreted in Dari.

Banner Cover Photo: Afghan artist, Iqbal, displays one of his works of art at his house on October 4, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images.