- Persistent insecurity and intensified conflict continue to cause large-scale suffering and displacement of people throughout Afghanistan and into the neighbouring region.
- According to the United Nations, over 10 400 civilians were killed or injured in 2017; more than 30% were children. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that at least 479 000 people have become newly displaced since January 2017, requiring humanitarian assistance and protection from violence. They urgently need basic services such as health care, water and shelter.
- The European Commission has funded humanitarian operations in Afghanistan since 1994, providing in excess of EUR 775 million to date. Funds are allocated strictly on the basis of the humanitarian principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality to ensure access to those in need.