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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN September 15, 2022 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian nonprofit, recently delivered emergency food and hygiene kits to 4,070 Afghans impacted by destructive floods in the Logar province of Afghanistan.

Approximately 370 families received aid provisions such as rice, flour, cooking oil and soap. The majority of recipients were women-headed households or families with disabled, injured, elderly or otherwise vulnerable members. Many of the families lost their homes due to heavy floods and suffered the loss of family members, livestock, crops, shops or cars.

The floods came at a time when families in Afghanistan were already strained by economic, social and political upheavals, according to Baitulmaal’s program manager, Elizabeth Sohail.

“Families were trying to do their best in such difficult times, but heavy rains washed away what little they had,” Sohail said. “We are grateful to be able to step in and help them get on firmer ground with the necessities they need to keep hunger and disease at bay.”

Afghans are being hit with multiple challenges. Climate change is causing devastating weather emergencies that disrupt access to food, clean water and shelter. In addition to deadly floods, Afghanistan was rocked by an earthquake in June that killed more than 1,000 people. 

The war in Ukraine has also impacted food supplies. According to the World Food Programme, food prices in Afghanistan have risen nearly 40 percent over the last eight months. Human Rights Watch has also reported that 13,000 newborns have died from malnutrition and hunger-related diseases in Afghanistan since January, and 3.5 million children need nutritional support. 

In addition to providing food and other aid, Baitulmaal has worked with the Afghan-American-founded Education and Occupation Committee (EOC) to evacuate Afghans and implement economic development projects. If you would like to learn more about or contribute to Baitulmaal’s efforts in Afghanistan, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices and representatives in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.

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