Afghanistan, occupied by the Taliban, suffered an increasingly severe economic collapse and was hit by a cold spell.
It is an extreme situation where two thirds of the population, including malnourished children, need help to survive.
Reporter Cho Yong-seong reports.
Zarmina, aged 45, visits a children’s hospital when her child visibly loses weight in a few days.
Upon arrival at the hospital, the beds are already full of malnourished children.
[자르미나 / 영양실조 아이의 엄마 : 우리 애가 아픕니다. 애 아빠가 매일 일하러 나가지만 애를 먹일 만큼 충분히 벌지 못합니다. 빵을 살 수 있으면 다 같이 먹지만, 그렇지 못할 때가 많아서 종종 아무것도 먹지 못하고 있습니다.]
In August 2021, when the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan, the international community imposed financial and export sanctions, and the aid-dependent economy collapsed rapidly as support declined and prices increased.
In addition, the food situation worsened as NGOs suspended their activities in protest against the Taliban’s ban on women’s social activities.
[필립 크롭프 / 카불 소재 유엔식량기구 대변인 : 인구의 3분의 2인 2천8백만 명이 생존을 위해 인도적 지원이 필요하며, 이들 중 거의 2천만 명이 올해 심각한 식량 불안정 상태에 빠질 것으로 예상됩니다.]
To make matters worse, over 150 people died this winter as the coldest in 15 years reached the point where some areas dropped below 30 degrees Celsius.
Save the Children, an international aid and development NGO, predicts that 97% of Afghanistan’s population will fall below the poverty line this year.
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