NGO Warns That , Almost 10 Million Children , Are Starving in Afghanistan.
Save the Children warns that approximately 9.6 million children in Afghanistan are facing daily food insecurity amid a deepening economic crisis.
Al Jazeera reports that Afghanistan's economic crisis is the result of a continuing drought and has been exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
A report released by Save the Children on May 10 said that "immediate food assistance” was necessary to save lives in the short-term.
The international non-governmental organization (NGO) also warned that aid alone was , “not enough to tackle the country’s worst hunger crisis on record.".
Despite a significant amount of food aid reaching families in recent months, 19.7 million children and adults, almost 50% of the population, are still going hungry and need urgent support to survive, Save the Children report, via Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera reports that Afghanistan has been cut off from international financial services since August 15 when the Taliban took over the country.
Nearly $10 billion of the country's assets were frozen by the United States, triggering a nationwide banking crisis.
As a result of sanctions, millions of dollars worth of international aid has disappeared.
Every single day our front-line health workers are treating children who are wasting away in front of our eyes because they’re only eating bread once a day – and those are the lucky ones, Athena Rayburn, Save the Children’s director of advocacy, communications and media, via Al Jazeera.
Children in Afghanistan have never known a life without conflict and if action is not taken soon, they will not know a world without gnawing hunger and empty stomachs, Athena Rayburn, Save the Children’s director of advocacy, communications and media, via Al Jazeera