A Save the Children report suggests that 24.4 million people in Afghanistan, including 13 million children, are in immediate need of humanitarian aid.

According to a study from the Save the Children organization released today, Wednesday, July 27, 18.9 million people, including 9.2 million children in Afghanistan, are anticipated to experience an emergency or critical food insecurity between June and November 2022.

Save the Children’s report cited the United Nations Development Program stating that 97% of the Afghan population faces the prospect of living in poverty and falling below the poverty line.

Acute malnutrition affects 1.1 million Afghan children under the age of five, according to the report.

Covid-19, measles, acute watery diarrhea (AWD), and dengue fever are among the numerous disease emergencies Afghanistan is currently dealing with.

A significant contraction of the economy, rising poverty, and financial instability, as well as high unemployment and high food and agricultural input prices, have been caused by the rapid drop in international grant support, loss of access to offshore assets, and disruption of financial links.

In addition, the Ukraine crisis has had a significant impact on how much food costs rise and become out of reach for many Afghans.

With the rebels-turned-politicians behind the wheel, Afghanistan’s unstable economy is impacted by the Taliban’s political isolation and economic sanctions, which exacerbated the country’s already-impoverished citizens’ poverty, unemployment, and hunger.

Author

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