According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Afghanistan’s food security is at an all-time high, and more than half of the country’s population is already reliant on humanitarian assistance.

According to a tweet released by the organization on Thursday, 26th May, the economic and hunger crisis are still raging in Afghanistan, with one in every two individuals unsure where they will get their next meal.

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

The WFP has previously stated that with the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan, half of the country’s population is starving. That means 22.8 million people who face severe hunger.

Drought, conflict, the Covid-19 outbreak, and the economic crisis have all reduced Afghans’ access to adequate food, according to the World Food Program.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees stated, “The people of Afghanistan cannot be left behind.”

UNHCR further explained that the establishment of schools, health centers, water projects, and roads will allow and help refugees and displaced people to return voluntarily.

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