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Recent events in Afghanistan have seen borders close and trade routes become disrupted, resulting in issues importing and exporting goods, including food. This has caused the price of basic goods to soar, meaning millions of already-struggling families are unable to source what they need to survive.
A handful of grain to make the most meagre meal could push some families into huge debt. The alternative is to beg on the streets or simply go without, with millions of Afghans having no choice but to do the latter.
Alongside the 12 million people living in severe hunger, three million are on the cusp of complete famine. Without aid, many will die. Millions of children are being robbed of their futures due to the effects of malnutrition, and their parents have no choice but to watch as their loved ones struggle, feeling completely helpless and broken.
More than half of Afghanistan’s population cannot access enough food to sustain themselves.
In addition to the tens of millions of people who are slowly starving, many more are not far behind. Some families are lucky enough to have savings behind them, but with food prices sky-rocketing, they won’t last long. Without immediate intervention, it’s a matter of time before they too find themselves begging for scraps on the street.
Not just this, but the threat of displacement is high. At the end of 2020, over 2.9 million Afghans were internally displaced with no place to call home. Between January and September 2021, over half a million more were displaced due to conflict.
The threat of war extends far beyond the violence itself; it forces people out of their homes with just the clothes they’re wearing. They don’t know where they’ll end up or whether there will be food. Sadly, there is often no food security, and the only certainty is the risk of disease.
Refugee camps are overrun and underfunded, meaning people are forced to live in desperate conditions. With no shelter, money, water, or food, life is bleak for many Afghans.