WFP warns of growing starvation in Afghanistan
Published on: Sep 23, 2021, 10:26 PM IST
The World Food Programme warned on Wednesday that only about five percent of people in Afghanistan had enough to eat as soaring prices, job losses and a cash crunch were "creating a new class of hungry". An ongoing drought, the second in three years, is adding to the country's woes, which is also in the grip of war and political turbulence. The economy is in a free fall, a situation made worse by the rapid withdrawal of foreign aid after the country was taken over by the Taliban last month, the UN agency said in its press release.