9m people at risk of acute starvation in Afghanistan

KABUL (Khaama Press): David Beasley Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP) warns of possible starvation to hit Afghanistan hardest if funding is not received immediately.
According to the WFP report, roughly nine million people in Afghanistan are on the verge of facing acute starvation amid the unprecedented economic and humanitarian crisis.
Mr. Beasley wrote on Twitter that the world cannot turn its back on the Afghan people in this hour of unprecedented crisis, and donor countries and aid organizations should generously contribute to help the people of Afghanistan during these difficult times.
Decades of complex and protracted conflicts, combined with a changing climate, gender inequalities, rapid urbanization, underemployment, and the recent regime change in the war-torn country pose considerable challenges in efforts to achieve zero Hunger and improved nutrition in Afghanistan.
Over half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line, and food insecurity is on the rise, largely due to conflict and insecurity cutting off whole communities from livelihood opportunities.
According to the latest UN reports, nine out of 10 Afghans do not eat enough, and roughly two-thirds of the population, or 28.3 million people, are projected to need humanitarian assistance in 2023 — nearly four million more than last year.
Since the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021, followed by a severe economic crisis, the problems of ordinary people have been compounded by droughts and floods. Families are struggling for survival as they have no other means of income to feed mouths other than relying on humanitarian aid.
Women and girls are hit hardest across the country by the ongoing humanitarian and economic crisis, and by the gender-based restrictions on their fundamental rights to education and work.