Here we are, over one year later, and we, Project Exodus Relief, are still working hard at assisting Afghans trapped in Afghanistan. We are still grappling with the disastrous aftermath of this new regime’s cruel rule in Afghanistan. Afghan nationals and American citizens continue to contact us in order to be evacuated from the country.
Meanwhile, more obstacles are piling up in front of us. We have hunger, illiteracy, abuse, crime, terror, insecurity, and so on. And it only gets worse. To top it all off, winter in Afghanistan is dangerous, and we are in for a brutally cold winter. Allow us to explain how Project Exodus Relief is stepping up to the plate.
Afghanistan’s winters are cold, with an average temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit in January, frequent freezing nights, and probable temperatures ranging from -4 to -13 degrees Fahrenheit. Snowfall is common and, at times, heavy across the country.
Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, is located approximately 6000 feet above sea level. As a result, the winters are somewhat mild, but other areas can be quite dangerous. There are dust storms and strong cold northern winds in the winter.
Around this time of year (November), the northern province is bitterly cold, with nighttime lows of -10 degrees F. However, it will be significantly colder before March.
In Afghanistan, there is a conflicting need during the winter months
Colder winters are desperately needed in Afghanistan, but they can also be harmful. Allow me to explain. Droughts, you see, have been a common occurrence in Afghanistan since the 1990s. Afghanistan produces very little food, and with a plethora of checkpoints and Taliban-controlled borders, imports and exports are extremely difficult.
Winter snow in Afghanistan is desperately needed because knowing how much snow is in the mountains can give you an idea of how much water will be available for crops in the coming summer. The snowfall season begins in the mountain regions in October and typically lasts until April.
Surprisingly, precipitation is at its highest in the winter. It falls as snow, frequently obstructing mountain passes. This can be a major issue when it comes to relocating people who were displaced during the chaos in Kabul, when it appeared that the entire country descended on the capital’s airport.
Displaced, Fearful, and Cold
According to the United Nations, war has caused approximately 3.5 million people to be internally displaced. It’s heartbreaking to witness. It is also not a sustainable way of life for these families. We must do everything in our power to assist them.
As winter approaches, approximately 500,000 of them are crammed into tent cities in Kabul’s parks, without running water or electricity. To put things in perspective, the capital of Kabul can experience temperatures as low as 22 degrees Fahrenheit.
More than 300,000 children in war-torn Afghanistan face cold winter conditions that can lead to disease, death, or worse, the sale of their bodies for human trafficking or child marriage to help the rest of the family survive. These are significant figures.
Furthermore, the city’s medical facilities are unprepared to handle the large number of people who have died as a result of the severe weather. Winters in Kabul bring more than just hunger and cold; they also bring a level of pollution and soot that settles on the skin after prolonged exposure and, as is always the case, is lethal for many.
As fuel prices rise, people will struggle to feed themselves and stay warm. Every day, the cost of electricity rises. Individuals are unable to obtain wood or other winter necessities. They can’t find cooking fuel, so families stay warm by igniting trash and waste in their immediate vicinity to cook on open fires.
The vast majority of Afghans do not have central heating. To keep their homes warm in the mountainous country, they rely on an old-fashioned heating device known as a wood burner.
Winter Has an Impact on Schools
Winters are so cold that schools are forced to close for extended periods of time. Schools are closed in Afghanistan’s coldest districts until March, when temperatures can drop below -16 degrees Fahrenheit. Children are not educated for several months out of the year.
“The most vulnerable children are those whose schools have shut because of the worsening winter conditions,” he said. “Their families don’t have the money to buy winter clothing. Instead children are forced to huddle at home to escape the bitter cold.” (source)
As winter approaches in Afghanistan and access to isolated, snow-bound areas is restricted, the window for providing humanitarian aid to millions of vulnerable Afghans is closing much faster than we would like. As the weather turns colder, the Taliban is displacing people from their home provinces.
We believe this is done to make room for their own militias. Will you join our Project Exodus Relief team and assist us in giving people hope? We can accomplish so much with your contributions.
We can provide warm blankets, kindling, fuel and oil, as well as food, water, and even doctor’s visits if they become ill. While we work hard to keep them safe and alive, we are also working hard to secure flights to evacuate those in the most dangerous situations.
Please consider assisting us.
You can truly make a difference in the lives of those in Afghanistan suffering beyond anything that we have ever had to endure ourselves. Let’s show them that they are not alone; that we will help them survive the winter and that they don’t have to sell their children or join the Taliban out of desperation.
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