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Half of Afghanistan’s population is facing a ‘tsunami of hunger’

According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), over half of Afghans are experiencing a “tsunami of hunger,” according to UN World Food Programme figures.

“Record drought, rising food costs, internal displacement,” as well as economic breakdown and the collapse of public services, according to the SIGAR study, constitute a “humanitarian emergency,” according to Tolo News.

“THIS WINTER, 22.8 MILLION AFGHANS WILL ENDURE POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING LEVELS OF HUNGER, WITH 8.7 MILLION FACING NEAR-FAMINE CONDITIONS,” ACCORDING TO THE INTEGRATED FOOD SECURITY PHASE CLASSIFICATION STUDY.

According to Tolo News, SIGAR referenced a UNDP analysis issued in September that stated that up to 97 per cent of Afghanistan’s population is at risk of falling into poverty by mid-2022 as a result of the country’s growing political and economic challenges. The US continues to be Afghanistan’s single greatest humanitarian aid supplier.

The SIGAR study also highlighted the UNDP’s conclusions, stating that limitations on women’s work might cost the Afghan economy USD 1 billion immediately, resulting in a 5% loss in GDP. Women made up well over 20% of Afghanistan’s workforce before the Taliban took control.

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