A landlocked country and a gateway to the different regions of Asia, Afghanistan has too often been a victim of wars and conflict.

    About 1.6 million Muslims lost their lives in the Soviet occupation between 1979 and 1991. Two million men, women and children were since maimed from unexploded ordnance and mines.

    The current episode is sadly no different. Tens of thousands have died in the past decade due to unrelenting conflict and international neglect. Overtures aside, the current conflict continues unabated with no end in sight.

    Now one of the poorest nations on earth, Afghanistan and its people face a terrible plight.

    Ummah Welfare Trust's projects in Afghanistan focus on supporting orphans and widows created by the years of turmoil.