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UN warns of famine in Afghanistan

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Kabul, First Published Oct 25, 2021, 6:07 PM IST

The United Nations has warned that millions of people, including young children, will starve to death in Afghanistan if efforts are not made to save them from economic collapse. David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, told Reuters that the international community would immediately release Afghan assets frozen during the post-Taliban crisis.

Afghanistan has a population of 3.9 million. Of this, 2.2 crore people are on the verge of starvation, he said. 1.4 crore was earlier below the poverty line. ‘Children are going to starve to death. Adults are starving. “The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly deteriorating,” he said.

Afghanistan plunged into a serious economic crisis after the Taliban seized power in August. Until then, Afghanistan had been sustained by welfare activities funded by foreign countries. With the advent of the Taliban, the crisis intensified as foreign countries cut off aid. Even before the arrival of the Taliban, Afghanistan was in a food crisis due to a severe drought. In the new situation it was sharp again. Famine quickly engulfed the country as Afghan wealth abroad was frozen.

The World Food Program estimates that $ 220 million a day is needed to feed 2.3 million people, including food. The UN agency is trying to maximize food supplies by taking their reserves until December. However, many countries that had earlier promised assistance are now turning away, creating an unfavorable situation. David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, called on the world community to distribute the frozen funds through them.

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Last Updated Oct 25, 2021, 6:07 PM IST

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