Thousands of families left their home because the Taliban advanced into my hometown. They've fled over 40 kilometers from the war situation and many are living in a Mosque, with no other options. Homes have been taken as barracks, young men have been taken from their families and some have lost their lives. These families have fled into an area we are already working to end extreme poverty, so we must help to expand our work, but also to protect that which has already been accomplished.
The people are coming - so many crowded together. The families are fleeing to get far away from war, and so they can be safe. The Taliban assaulted in Jaghori in Hazara villages at midnight when all of the people were asleep. Here are quotes from some of the fleeing people now sleeping on floors. "The Taliban were burning our goods, everyone trying to flee from the village so that they wouldn't be killed or taken." "The Taliban stoped us in the road, they take young man who were with us."
Our teams on the ground will bring immediate relief, while helping the families to move into a state of dignity and empowerment, working to end their own suffering by working together. Offering relief, then counseling and coaching families will lead to an ongoing survival mentality helping families to build a better future for themselves and their children. Offering hope often brings better long term results.
The long term impact of learning how to help ourselves builds confidence, restores dignity and offers solutions for building a new future. The ability to transition from relief to empowerment is especially important in the case of conflict disaster relief. GHNI is especially skilled at bringing transition into place in these special situations.