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According to the UN, 97 percent of Afghans are now battling food shortages

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Experts believe that for most Afghans, Eid-Ul-Fitr was just another day of struggle to feed their families as Muslims throughout the world celebrated Eid-Ul-Fitr.

After the prior government collapsed and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) took control in August, millions of Afghans are now facing severe food shortages. According to the United Nations, food shortages affect 97 percent of Afghans.

Most Western help was halted once the IEA took over in August. Hospitals and schools cannot pay their personnel, and many people cannot afford food, aggravating an already severe situation.

Over than 22 million people, or more than half of the country’s population, are suffering from severe hunger, according to the United Nations World Food Program, with the majority unable to anticipate when their next meal will arrive.

This represents a considerable increase from September 2020, when over 14 million people were on the brink of starvation. According to the organisation, 97 percent of the population consumed insufficient food in December, and they were resorting to deal with the situation such as skipping meals.

Since a famine struck Afghanistan in October 2020, the situation has Exacerbated.  According to the United Nations, the harsh weather has destroyed over than 40% of all crops and livestock.

In March 2022, the United Nations World Food Programme in Afghanistan provided financial and food aid to 376,139 people in Kabul, with the latest figures for those helped during Eid still being recorded.

Since the fall of Kabul in August and the withdrawal of American soldiers, the IEA-controlled government has been cut off from the international economy, leading in a financial crisis, severe poverty, and the loss of essential public services including as health care.

In mid-January, the UN and its partners requested more than $5 billion for the year, the highest amount ever requested by the agency for a single country.

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