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While the fighting in Afghanistan has ended, the economic, social and humanitarian crisis is deepening. The Red Cross Movement continues to respond in Afghanistan, where now over half the population requires food aid.
Afghan Red Crescent, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is working with farming communities to ensure more sustainable water sources, drought resistant crops and other income generation opportunities for women in regional parts of the country.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is also continuing to work in Afghanistan, focused on supporting and funding hospitals, and ensuring the supply of drinking water and electricity.
New Zealand Red Cross has assisted the ICRC in this work through donations made to our appeal.
New Zealand Red Cross Support
Since July 2021, more than a thousand people from Afghanistan have arrived to resettle in Aotearoa New Zealand.
New Zealand Red Cross has been working with Immigration New Zealand to provide clothing, toiletries, phone chargers and other essential items to help support people when they first arrive in Auckland. We purchased many of these items through generous donations received from the public through our Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
We’re working with government agencies to ensure housing for those that need it is suitable, furnished, and ready to move into. We’re also using our extensive experience to provide social support to a small number of families facing additional challenges.
Our appeal has reached its target and is now closed. New Zealand Red Cross has been heartened by the overwhelming response in support of the new arrivals from Afghanistan into Aotearoa New Zealand.
Red Cross does not require any donations of clothing or other goods at this time.
Updating the community
Facebook live sessions
17 February 2022 - An update on what support New Zealand Red Cross is giving to Afghans. A panel discussion on the short and long-term plans to help Afghans resettle into life in Aotearoa New Zealand.
25 September 2021 — Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) mental health support webinar for Afghan families. View the RASNZ Support for Afghan Whānau’ Handbook.
22 September 2021 — Tips for managing stress and staying emotionally well in a crisis, featuring speakers from New Zealand Red Cross and Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ). Check it out on our Facebook page: Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis - Refugees as Survivors New Zealand
2 September 2021— What the ICRC and New Zealand Red Cross are doing in response to the humanitarian crisis, with our Secretary General Sarah Stuart-Black, former General Manager of Migration Rachel O’Connor, and Restoring Family Links Coordinator Hamish Low. View the video New Zealand Red Cross Afghanistan Response.
10 September — An overview of how Community Law centres are able to assist in relation to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis with Rachel O’Connor, former New Zealand Red Cross General Manager of Migration and Megan Williams, Law Reform Coordinator from Community Law Centres of Aotearoa.Community Law - Helping in the crises (video below)
Community and stakeholder newsletter
We keep Afghan community leaders and other stakeholders informed of our work through regular updates.
Counselling and other support services
The Ministry for Ethnic Communities Te Tari Mātāwaka has compiled a list of counselling and other support services available for Afghan communities in Aotearoa. Find it here.
New Zealand Red Cross is unable to influence decisions made by Immigration New Zealand on visa applications or immigration status. Please don’t share personal information including identification documents with New Zealand Red Cross unless requested. The only reason we will request proof of identity is to lodge a tracing request for the Restoring Family Links service.
If you are in Aotearoa New Zealand and seeking immigration advice and support for family members remaining in Afghanistan, you should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) and Immigration New Zealand directly.
Contacting lost family members in Afghanistan
If you have lost contact with family members in Afghanistan you can contact the Restoring Family Links team via this online form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.