After four decades of conflict and occupation, Afghanistan continues to struggle for peace and stability. Deeply entrenched gender roles, a complex political context, economic vulnerability and a high level of migration and displacement create conditions that are ripe for human trafficking and other forms of abuse to flourish.
Afghanistan has the fifth highest prevalence of slavery in the world, with 749,000 people estimated to be trapped in modern slavery in Afghanistan. Violence against women and girls is high, with 51% of partnered females, aged between 15-49 years, having experienced physical or sexual violence. One-third of girls are married before their 18th birthday .
The practice of bacha bazi, a form of human trafficking where boys are bought, sold, rented or traded for entertainment and sexual pleasure of elite men continues today despite its criminalization.
What type of work do we do in Afghanistan?
• We provide safe shelter, education and training to women and children escaping human trafficking, slavery, forced marriage and severe abuse.
• We run the only project in Afghanistan that is dedicated to supporting boys who have escaped, trafficking, slavery and abuse. Read the story of Zaher, who has thrived in this program.
• With currently no foster care system in Afghanistan, the government has asked Hagar to be involved in establishing a pilot project so that children can live safely in a family environment rather than in a shelter.
The Global Slavery Index 2018.
Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey 2015.
UNICEF. Annual Report-Afghanistan 2017.
Peace and Conflict Monitor. 2017, ‘The unraveled and disquieting human rights violations of Afghanistan’ 2017.
Help us transform lives
By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.