The people of Afghanistan are facing a humanitarian, human rights and protection crisis. The numbers are overwhelming: 97% of Afghans could potentially plunge into poverty by mid-20221 and half the country’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance.
The Protection Cluster in Afghanistan published its Quarter 4 Protection Analysis Update presenting the protection situation in the country, based on the findings and outcomes of the Protection Monitoring that partners are carrying out country-wide through Focus Group Discussions, Key Informant Interviews and Household-level interview modalities.
Massive economic contraction along with crisis in banking and financial system, severe drought and rising food prices, has meant people have resorted increasingly to negative coping strategies. Despite the significant decrease in the overall level of conflict and number of civilian casualties following the changes in the political environment since 15 August 2021, threats to the civilian population in Afghanistan persist including the killing and injury of civilians, high levels of explosive ordnance contamination, forced displacement, gender-based violence and violations against children.