Afghanistan: Needs persist as situation remains dire

Mirwais Hospital, Kandahar, Afghanistan. A boy lays recovering from mortar wounds resulting from recent clashes between armed forces. © ICRC / Jacob Simkin

Mirwais Hospital, Kandahar, Afghanistan. A boy lays recovering from mortar wounds resulting from recent clashes between armed forces. © ICRC / Jacob Simkin

As armed conflict in Afghanistan shows no signs of abating, the need for humanitarian assistance remains undiminished."Fighting in densely populated areas continues to cause civilian casualties – people are killed or injured in crossfire," says Gherardo Pontrandolfi, head of the ICRC delegation in Afghanistan in a recent update on the situation.

"Ordinary Afghans are forced to flee their homes and seek safety elsewhere. At the same time, it is becoming ever more difficult for aid organizations to reach the people who urgently need their help. This situation is untenable."

Read the full update here: http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/update/2013/10-25-afghanistan-humanitarian-assistance.htm

Check out our latest set of facts & figures: http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/fact-figures/afghanistan-activities-january-september-2013.htm