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3,500 tons of Soybeans and Wheat stranded at Afghanistan-Pakistan border: WFP

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Fidel Rahmati
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Around 3,500 tons of soybean-wheat mixture is currently stranded at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, according to the World Food Program (WFP). This delay is hindering the distribution of crucial food supplies to those in need.

The WFP said, “Further delay in transit [soybean wheat mix] is a significant risk for about 378,000 pregnant women who will be helped under the malnutrition treatment program.”

The World Food Program (WFP) has issued alarming forecasts indicating that a staggering 15.8 million individuals in Afghanistan will face severe food insecurity between November 2023 and March 2024. Among them, 3.6 million people are expected to be in dire emergencies.

Adding to the severity of the crisis, WFP reports that four million Afghans, including 3.2 million children under five years old, are currently grappling with acute malnutrition. This dire situation underscores the urgent need for effective and swift humanitarian intervention.

Despite challenges, the WFP has been actively involved in delivering aid to Afghanistan. By January, they had successfully dispatched over 25,000 metric tons of mixed food, achieving 99 percent of their set target. Additionally, approximately 43,000 metric tons of food are now stocked in WFP warehouses within the country.

However, logistical hurdles persist as around 34,000 metric tons of food remain stranded in WFP warehouses abroad, awaiting transfer to Afghanistan. The delay in crossing the border adds to the complexity of the situation, exacerbating the plight of millions already suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition.

These statistics paint a grim picture of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. With 23.7 million Afghans in need of aid this year, the shortfall in coverage by aid organizations further compounds the challenges. The lack of clarity regarding the reasons for the border delays only adds to the urgency of addressing the crisis effectively.

Meanwhile, the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has reached alarming levels since the Taliban assumed control of the country. Millions are facing severe food insecurity and acute malnutrition, with aid efforts hampered by logistical challenges. Urgent and concerted action is essential to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people and prevent further escalation of this crisis.

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