The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) Suspended Helping Afghanistan

Foreign media outlets have reported that the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has suspended its operations in Afghanistan.

Andreas Stefansson, the Swedish Committee’s official for Afghanistan, confirmed to Radio Sweden that the committee’s activities in Afghanistan ceased on March 15, 2024.

Some media outlets have reported that the committee’s operating license in Afghanistan has been revoked, although the reason for suspending its activities remains unclear.

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The Islamic Emirate (Taliban) has not commented on the reports regarding suspending the committee’s activities in Afghanistan so far.

About The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is a Swedish non-governmental organization established in 1980 in response to the Soviet invasion. Since 1982, it has primarily focused on providing aid in Afghanistan. The SCA aims to contribute to Afghanistan’s peace and stability while promoting human rights, empowering rural communities, and facilitating democratic participation in governance.

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Operating with political and religious neutrality, the SCA concentrates on healthcare, primary school education, support for persons with disabilities, and rural development. With over 8,000 employees, mostly Afghan nationals, the organization prioritizes the rural population, particularly women, girls, and persons with disabilities.

SCA’s activities include capacity building, advocacy, and service delivery in close collaboration with local communities. Its main administrative office is in Kabul. Field operations span 17 provinces and are coordinated from regional offices in Mazar-i-Sharif, Taloqan, Ghazni, Jalalabad, and Wardak.

In 1981, the Swedish Committee began collecting funds to support humanitarian efforts for the people of Afghanistan. A year later, it opened its office in Peshawar, Pakistan, and sent medicine and equipment to four small clinics in occupied Afghanistan.

The committee defines its mission as “empowering individuals and local structures, primarily in remote areas, with special attention to women, girls, boys, and vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities.”

According to the committee’s statistics, in 2022 alone, more than 133,000 children, sixty percent of whom were girls, participated in over three thousand classes in schools supported by the Swedish Committee in Afghanistan.

Additionally, over 2.5 million patients receive healthcare services annually at SCA hospitals and clinics, with over 940,000 of them being women. The Swedish Committee continues to support the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in Afghanistan and promotes the development of rural areas.

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