ERM in Badakhshan, Afghanistan case study | Mission East

ERM in Badakhshan, Afghanistan case study

Emergency Reponse Mechanism case study

Every war creates great suffering for those caught up in the battle-zone, especially the non-combatants and the innocent, and this war is no exemption. The heavy fighting between government forces and armed insurgent groups (AOGs) has severely interrupted the cropping and harvesting cycles, destroyed village homes and agricultural infrastructure, as well as roads and bridges, further cutting off and impoverishing an already isolated population. Most of the villagers, consisting mostly of women and children, have fled to the neighbouring districts of government control, where they now face the coming winter and are confronted with an uncertain future as IDPs.
Now they have reached some sort of safety, but remain at the mercy of others, traumatized and having lost all their possessions, not knowing how to get food or to earn a living, and living in rudimentary shelters with very basic sanitary conditions. Even the option of earning a temporary income for their families by working as daylabourers on nearby farms is no longer available with the collection of the harvest and the onset of winter.
The Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM) is a programme funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) and implemented by a consortium of four INGOs in several provinces throughout Afghanistan.