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Thursday, 18 October, 2001, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Afghan refugees: How to help
Afghan refugees in Pakistan
Afghan refugees queue for vital aid
In response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, many aid agencies have set up emergency funds to help those in need.

They hope to use the money donated to help the millions of refugees pouring out of Afghanistan, and - if supply routes permit - the millions more still left in the country.

Current efforts are focusing on providing shelter, clean water, food and health care. Longer term care will also be needed in the coming months.

BBC News Online lists the appeals and resources available from the main aid agencies working in the area.

World Food Programme
The World Food Programme has a resource page detailing its regional operations as well as information on how to help.

The UN's refugee agency has an up-to-date information section on the Afghan crisis. It also has details on how donations can be made from different countries.

In the UK, donations are accepted via RefAid, either online or by post at RefAid, 21st Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London SW1P 4QP, UK. Tel: +44 207 932 1019

The United Nations Children's Fund has an extensive resource page on the current situation, and also accepts donations.

International Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies both have in-depth resource pages on the crisis. Online donations are accepted.

Red Cross organisations in different countries have also established their own appeal efforts - such as the American Red Cross and the British Red Cross.

Oxfam International has a general resource page on the disaster in Afghanistan. Donations can be made via the Oxfam sites in each individual country.

In the UK, contributions are accepted via Oxfam UK's special Afghanistan page, or by post at Oxfam, 274 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7DZ, UK. Tel: +44 1865 313131

Islamic Relief
This international NGO, with headquarters in the UK, has launched a special appeal for Afghan refugees, which includes international donation details.

Christian Aid
British-based charity Christian Aid has produced a special report on its aid efforts in Afghanistan. You can donate online, or via post at Afghanistan Appeal, Christian Aid, PO Box 100, London SE1 7RT, UK. Tel: +44 80 80 004 004

Medecins sans Frontieres
This international charity providing emergency medical care has a special page with details on how to donate from different countries.

British-based NGO Medical Emergency Relief International is concentrating its efforts on helping refugees on the Afghan-Tajik border. Donations are accepted online, or by post at 5-13 Trinity Street, Borough, London SE1 1DB, UK. Tel: + 44 20 7378 4888

Care International
US-based Care International has produced a special report on the Afghan refugee crisis. It is possible to donate online, or via post to CARE, 151 Ellis Street, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2440, USA. Tel: 1-800-521-CARE ext. 999, or 404-681-2552 from outside the US

Save the Children
Save the Children's Afghanistan emergency page has details on how to donate. Many of the charity's offices outside the USA also have information on the humanitarian crisis - such as Save the Children UK.

Muslim Aid
This London-based Muslim charity also has a special appeal. Donations can be accepted online or by post at the following address: Muslim Aid, PO Box 3, London, NW1 7UB, UK. Tel: +44 20 7387 7171

World Concern
The special appeal launched by the international charity World Concern is asking for cash donations and kits containing essential items to give to Afghan refugees.

Amnesty International
The international human rights charity has produced an information page on protecting the rights of Afghan civilians and refugees. There is also a special page on how to donate from different countries.

World Vision International
World Vision International has information on its contribution to the Afghan aid effort as well as donation details.

The website for the UK-based Catholic Agency of Overseas Development has details on the charity's work in Afghanistan, and donation information.

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