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UN: Majority of Afghans experiencing economic shock

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in its seasonal report, highlights the inability of people to afford necessities and consecutive droughts as two significant economic shocks in Afghanistan. The report states that many families have no income and live on loans.

This recently published FAO report was compiled through direct conversations with thousands of people across Afghanistan. It covers the period from January 24 to February 29 of this year.

According to this report’s findings, most people in Afghanistan have been shocked by the high cost of food and droughts (60% due to high food prices and 58% due to drought). Additionally, 10% of people are living without any income.

To prepare this report, direct conversations were conducted with about 9,500 people in 34 provinces of Afghanistan. The results show that a decrease in income, which limits people’s ability to purchase, makes families vulnerable to food inflation, especially those households headed by women.

The findings also reveal that over 90% of the people have faced reduced incomes, and about 60% of the respondents stated that they have no income.

FAO stated, “Ten percent of families had no income in the three months before the report and were living on savings and loans.”

Since the Taliban took control, the situation has worsened due to oppressive policies restricting women’s access to education and employment, causing widespread hardship.

The Taliban’s illegal regime lacks recognition domestically and internationally, further isolating Afghanistan and deepening the economic and social crisis.

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