The Afghanistan crisis

The Afghanistan crisis: Newsthink

Use our new look Newsthink to explore the crisis in Afghanistan through a powerful photo and explore how humanitarian crises affect people

Afghan refugees make their way towards an intake near Abbey Gate, as British and American security forces maintain order amongst the Afghan evacuees waiting to leave, in Kabul, Afghanistan
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Quick activities
PSHE, Tutor time
Conflict, Newsthink, Refugees and migration

Events in Afghanistan dominated the news in August 2021, but what do you think the people in Afghanistan are feeling? Use this quick photo-based teaching resource with young people to explore the impacts conflict and crisis have on people, and discuss our common human values. 


Learning objectives:

  • Examine and discuss an image related to a current humanitarian news event
  • Analyse and identify how people are impacted by this event
  • Discuss and debate a statement relating to a core value by explaining whether you agree or disagree


How do I use this resource?

Explore the Afghanistan crisis through an evocative photo. Download the PowerPoint above to deliver the activities. Use one, some or all of the activities, as suits you. Each one can be done in ten to fifteen minutes. Embed this activity into your lessons or use it in assembly or tutor time to engage learners with current events and humanitarian news. Topical news events can be emotive and this resource has been updated to reflect the changing crisis within Afghanistan after requests from educators. 

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Resource overview

  1. Explore the photo of the people at Kabul airport, and ask learners to analyse the moment captured using the “see, think, feel” framework
  2. Debate the statement: All people deserve to be safe. Do learners agree or disagree? Why? Encourage learners to reflect on their values and opinions in their own time through a reflective journal
  3. Explore what further actions people can take to learn more about this issue, or support the people affected.


Photo credit © MarcusYam for Getty Images. This resource was created by the British Red Cross in August 2021.

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