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Ayat Abuzande’s Fight Against the Afghan Humanitarian Crisis

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Esperanza Squire
Esperanza Squire
Esperanza Squire is a Lifestyle journalist with nearly 20 years. While studying journalism at Boston, Esperanza found a passion for finding local stories. As a contributor to Business News Ledger, Esperanza mostly covers human interest pieces.

The conflict in Afghanistan and the continual rise of the humanitarian crisis have resulted in more than 1 million displaced Afghans. Critical infrastructure like the electricity and water systems have been destroyed and extreme poverty and violence continue to rise.

Ayat Abuznade started Team Humanity USA in 2019. Team Humanity USA is a humanitarian organization that seeks to aid refugees around the globe and provide emergency crisis care to areas such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, Lebanon, and more.

In 2014, Ayat Abuznade volunteered at Zaatari Refugee Camp. It was there that she met a little 8-year-old boy named, Yaseen. Ayat noticed that part of his arm had been amputated. Yaseen had experienced something no child should have to experience—war.

Yaseen and his family were fleeing to a shelter when a missile struck nearby. The shrapnel from the missile shell tore up Yaseen’s arm. Unfortunately, Yaseen was just one of many children who suffered from a disability due to the war.

After Ayat’s experience in the refugee camp, her view of the world changed. She dedicated her life to serving refugees and others in desperate need.

In 2015, she volunteered in Lesvos, Greece to aid in the refugee crisis. There she learned the sad truth that there were only small groups of volunteers and organizations that lacked the needed resources to adequately aid the refugees.

Thousands of refugees were flowing in daily, and many were not fortunate enough to survive the journey. Horrified by the situation, she vowed to help bring hope and happiness back into the lives of those in desperate need.

Ayat learned that there will always be needs to be filled in the world; so, she decided to take things into her own hand. As a result, she created her own humanitarian organization—Team Humanity USA.

Team Humanity USA is currently serving in many different countries by providing desperate relief and even evacuations from areas such as Ukraine. As for Afghanistan, vital resources like food, water, and health care have been cut off as violence across Afghanistan continues to grow.

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR): “Nearly 23 million people, or more than half of Afghanistan’s population, suffer from acute hunger.”

Women and girls continue to be at high risk of violent attacks and their livelihoods destroyed. The UNHCR claims that: “80 percent of newly displaced Afghans are women and children.”

With over 24 million Afghans in need of humanitarian aid, the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is a big battle to fight. Yet, Ayat and her team are committed to providing aid to those in desperate situations.

Team Humanity USA’s mission in Afghanistan is primarily focused on evacuating vulnerable families and giving them needed aid. They also provide recovery assistance to help families get back on their feet.

Ayat’s philanthropist and humanitarian journey continues to expand across the globe and in the areas of most need. As an influencer, she inspires and equips others to help those in need.

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