New Delhi: More than half of the population of Afghanistan, about 22.8 million people are going to face acute food insecurity, while 3.2 million children under the age of 5 are at stake of suffering acute malnutrition, as per the reports of UN’s World Food Programme (WFP)
The Situation has erupted as the Taliban has taken over the State and the world has cut its ties from all perspectives of the Economy. Leading to high prices of fuel and High Demand.
David Beasley, the executive director of the WFP, said “Afghanistan is now among the world’s worst humanitarian crises, if not the worst, The Country is heading on a countdown to catastrophe.”
The takeover weakened an already fragile economy that was heavily dependent on foreign aid. But after the takeover, Western powers and neighboring nations have suspended aid. To act as a catalyst, The World Bank and International Monetary Fund also halted payments. Leading the nation to lay on life-support i.e. ventilator.
According to IMF, more than 40% of Afghanistan’s GDP was foreign aid. That has been sucked out. Many Afghans are now selling their possessions to buy food. The new Taliban administration has been blocked from accessing overseas assets, as nations assess how to deal with the hardline group, meaning wages to civil servants and other workers have been withheld. Also, the administration condition of the state is not very good and it is a world-known fact.
The food crisis in Afghanistan has been compounded by water shortages and severe drought – the country’s second in four years. However, the UN has said to look into the matter and has opened funding for the same.