Roughly one million children in Afghanistan are suffering from malnutrition, according to newly released information.
This news comes from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health and was reported by Afghan outlet Tolos News.
According to Afghan Deputy Minister of Public Health Abdul Bari Omar, “700,000 Afghan women” are also “suffering from malnutrition along with the children.”
A United Nations report from May 2019 revealed that two million children in Afghanistan suffered from “acute malnutrition.”
According to the U.N., “A child that suffers from acute severe malnutrition is a child that needs urgent treatment, otherwise he might die.”
“We are the sole provider of treatment for severe acute malnutrition [in Afghanistan],” U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesman Christopher Boulierac told reporters in May 2019.
At the time, Boulierac noted that the number of malnourished children in Afghanistan has remained “stagnant” for years.
Years in which Afghanistan was occupied by the U.S.
During the two decade-long U.S. war in Afghanistan, most of Afghanistan’s poorest population relied on humanitarian aid as a food source.
The nation’s food supply was a problem throughout the U.S. occupation and now that the Taliban has retaken control of the country, malnutrition problems could become worse, particularly in the coming months.
These troubles include an ongoing drought. The World Food Program (WFP) observed in September,“Food prices have spiked since the second drought in four years ruined some 40 percent of the wheat crop.”
An unnamed U.N. official who has worked in Afghanistan told Reuters in early September, “The Taliban depend on the U.N. and they know it — they can’t feed the population.”
“At least 1 million children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year and could die without treatment,” the U.N. warned.
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