While the media focus on the one-year anniversary of the US-NATO retreat from Afghanistan, the country's people prepare for the coming winter.
Simultaneous crises in the country have caused some of the worst suffering in recent generations. Disasters have battered the country for more than a year now, with new shocks worsening conditions that were already dire. In late June, an earthquake struck south-East Afghanistan killing more than 1,000 people and destroying or damaging homes of 60,000 households leaving them exposed to the elements. Starting July into August, off-season rains brought floods that washed away livelihoods and aggravated humanitarian needs across more than 20 provinces.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is renewing its call for increased global solidarity with the people of Afghanistan who continue to face immense humanitarian need.
Mawlawi Mutiul Haq Khales, Afghan Red Crescent Acting President, said: