Date: October 2001 – October 2003


The war against Afghanistan from 2001-2014 was part of the wider global war on terrorism known as Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) that followed the 9/11 attacks in the US. Mercy Relief stepped in to provide aid immediately after the first wave of fighting began. The war resulted in widespread destruction and the total number of direct and indirect casualties is estimated to be as many as 23,600.

Partner(s): Local Afghan authorities, Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Singhealth, Muslim Aid Australia (MAA)

How we helped:

October 2001 – May 2002

  • Raised S$128,000 through a national fundraising campaign in Singapore
  • Conducted a joint assessment mission with SIF and SingHealth ahead of the Singapore-Afghan Medical Mission
  • Deployed five medical relief missions comprising 18 doctors, nurses and logistics personnel


June – September 2002

  • Sent 28,800 cans of meat to Spin Boldak, Zandur and Kandahar
  • Provided blankets to a medical centre in Spin Boldak


September 2002 – September 2003

  • Co-sponsored two general practitioners for a medical centre and hospital in Spin Boldak and Kandahar with MAA
  • Ran two elementary schools for child refugees in Spin Boldak


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