Refugee agency UNHCR predicts up to half a million Afghans could flee their homeland by year-end. On Friday 24 August 2021 the UN appealed to all neighbouring countries to keep their borders open for those seeking safety.
There are already almost 2.5 million registered refugees from Afghanistan. They comprise the largest protracted refugee population in Asia, and the second largest refugee population in the world. According to UN figures from 2020, there are about 16,000 Afghan refugees living in India, the majority of whom are living in New Delhi.
At SilaiWali the founders know the human toll of the latest tragedy in Afghanistan will be immense. The artisan team are particularly worried about the impact of the current conflict on women and girls. Some 80% of the 250,000+ Afghans forced to flee since the end of May, are women and children.