(14 Nov 2021) The U.N.’s World Food Program has said that the number of Afghans living in near-famine conditions has risen to 8.7 million, up by 3 million from earlier this year.
Overall, almost 24 million people in Afghanistan, or 60% of the population, suffer from acute hunger and the WFP has warned that by the end of the year 97% of Afghans will be living below the poverty line.
An estimated 3.2 million children under age five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year.
More than 3.5 million people have been displaced by the fighting in the last few years and more than half a million in recent months.
In the Injil district of Herat, dozens of families who fled from Badghis province due to internal fighting and drought live in terrible conditions.
Some of those displaced told the Associated Press that they were facing a daily battle to simply find enough to eat and drink.
"Our kids are going house to house to find and bring some water," said 23 years old Gul Huzar, mother of an eight month old baby.
UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, has said that the conditions will only worsen as winter approaches.
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