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The ICRC in Afghanistan

Gazergah, Herat, Afghanistan. Children fill jerrycans at one of the six taps that serve the whole community. The ICRC protects detainees and helps them maintain contact with their families; monitors the conduct of hostilities and acts to prevent IHL violations; assists the wounded and disabled; supports hospital care; improves water and sanitation services; promotes IHL; and supports the Afghan Red Crescent. Read full overview

Facts and Figures

In 2013, the ICRC:

  • visited 49,490 detainees, 1,441 of them for the first time; and helped 30 ex-detainees return home;
  • distributed clothing, blankets, hygiene items, and other essential supplies to some 29,000 detainees in places of detention visited by the ICRC;
  • registered over 8,900 new patients, including 1,203 amputees, at the seven ICRC physical rehabilitation centres;
  • created job opportunities for more than 10,600 people participating in cash-for-work projects;
  • provided one-month food rations and household items for more than 11,460 families displaced by conflict or natural disaster;
  • briefed more than 12,500 weapon bearers, political authorities, community elders, religious leaders, members of civil society, and people receiving aid on its mandate and work;
  • maintained its support for Mirwais and Sheberghan hospitals, which admitted 52,000 inpatients and saw over 264,000 outpatients between them. A total of 16,253 operations were performed in the two hospitals;
  • installed or renovated water supply systems to bring clean water to over 383,000 people in rural or urban areas.

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