Some 360,000 people in Afghanistan have been uprooted from their homes by conflict since January, and an additional 30,000 are reportedly fleeing the country each day.
Its children’s agency UNICEF warned this week that atrocities being committed against children were growing “higher by the day”.
Former foreign secretary David Miliband, now CEO of the International Rescue Committee, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday morning: “I think our great fear at the moment is that once the military decision has been taken, that’s obviously no longer for discussion, but that there will be a humanitarian and diplomatic withdrawal as well which will compound the agony for Afghan civilians.”
“The latest violence should be cause for great alarm,” says Vicki Aken, Afghanistan director for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). “Hundreds of thousands of people have already been internally displaced due to conflict as well as drought.”
“We are on pace for record civilian deaths and injuries, with the majority being women and children. Schools are closed, food shortages abound, and people are turning to desperate measures such as child labour and early marriage for girls.”
Reports across military forces state the central city, Kabul, could be overtaken by Taliban forces within a month, and Afghanistan completely over-thrown in 6 months.
Pleas from Afghanistan officials in the government have asked for international help, whilst organisations such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are still aiding with protection, water and sanitation and emergency response.