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  • June 20, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan goes from bad to worse
    Washington Examiner: Desperation among Afghans from all walks of life is again on the rise. Prices continue to spike, donor fatigue has hit nongovernmental organizations hard, and Taliban rulings affect economic participation. Leslie Merriman has been distributing food packages to Afghan special immigrant visa applicants since September. At her latest food drop, delivery personnel were swarmed by hordes of hungry Afghans.      Full news...


  • May 4, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Poverty Bears More Child Brides
    VOA: For several months Pashtana kept rejecting marriage proposals made for her 14-year-old daughter, Zarghona, until she had to make a final decision. “I had to choose between the survival of my four little children and giving Zarghona to marriage,” Pashtana told VOA over the phone from the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, where last year her husband, an army soldier, was killed in clashes with then Taliban insurgents.The young widow made every effort to provide for her children, but there was no job for her under a Taliban regime that has banned work for women.      Full news...

  • April 4, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suffering Reaches Unprecedented Levels in Afghanistan
    GALLUP: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Taliban’s recent decision to renege on its promise to allow girls to attend school past sixth grade is a stark reminder of how much life has changed for Afghans since the group returned to power last year -- and Gallup's surveys in the country show it hasn’t been for the better. As the Taliban completed its takeover of Afghanistan last year, nearly all Afghans (94%) rated their lives poorly enough to be considered suffering. This was not only a record high for Afghanistan, but also the highest level of suffering that Gallup has measured for any country since 2005.      Full news...

  • March 2, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Story of a war and poverty-stricken Afghan widow
    RAWA News: The woman (name protected) shown in the photo is in her 40s and belongs to Chahrdara village of Kunduz province in the northern Afghanistan. Four years ago (2017) when heavy infighting was going on between Ghani government and Taliban rebels in Kunduz, the family escaped the area hoping to build a safer and better life for their children in the capital. Like thousands of other miserable Afghans who became victims of insecurity in Kabul, this family also faced a deep tragedy: she lost her husband in a suicide attack and due to nervous breakdown and a stroke, she became paralyzed in both legs.      Full news...

  • December 30, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poverty and non-payment of salaries, a sick teacher died in Kandahar
    Etlat-e-Rooz: Sources at Zahirshahi High School, one of the oldest high schools in Kandahar province, confirm that Allah Nazar, the high school teacher, has died. According to these sources, Allah Nazar was ill in recent days and could not see a doctor due to poverty.One of the sources told the daily Ettela’at that Allah Nazar had served as a teacher at Zahirshahi High School for 40 years and had died of shortness of breath at home yesterday.      Full news...

  • December 10, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    From teacher to shoe shiner: Afghan economic crisis spares few
    Reuters: In the biting cold of a Kabul autumn, Hadia Ahmadi, a 43-year-old teacher who lost her job after the Taliban seized the Afghan capital in August, sits by the roadside trying to earn the equivalent of a few cents polishing shoes. The abrupt withdrawal of foreign aid following the Taliban victory has sent Afghanistan's fragile economy into freefall, leaving millions facing hunger and making once well-off middle class families destitute.      Full news...

  • December 3, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    RAWA photo report from disastrous conditions of displaced people in Herat
    A team of RAWA surveyed displaced people in Herat Terminal Street. Around 5000 people from Ghor and Badghis provinces have been displaced here due to poverty, unemployment, insecurity and drought. In the cold weather, the condition of children is disastrous. They beg in the streets and have no facilities for sanitation, let alone education and playing. Very little aid has been provided to them by some Afghan businessmen but Taliban gunmen get a portion of aid saying they also face food shortage.      Full news...

  • December 1, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    RAWA photo report from a camp of IDPs in Balkh province
    RAWA team surveyed a camp of displaced people in Nahre-Shahi district of Balkh province in Northern Afghanistan. Lack of security, poverty, unemployment and pressure of Taliban forced around one million people across Afghanistan to leave their villages and gather in suburbs of big cities under deplorable conditions. While most non-governmental and international aid organization have stopped their operations in Afghanistan, starvation threatens the life of millions in the coming winter. Children and women are in higher risk.      Full news...

  • November 20, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Girls at increasing risk of child marriage
    UN News: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received credible reports of families in Afghanistan offering daughters as young as 20 days old for future marriage in return for a dowry. In a statement released on Friday, the agency’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, said that she was “deeply concerned” over reports that child marriage is on the rise.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan ‘on the brink of catastrophe’: UN envoy
    AlJazeera: The UN envoy for Afghanistan says the country is “on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe”, urging the international community to find ways to provide financial support to the Afghan people, who “feel abandoned”. Deborah Lyons said an estimated 60 percent of Afghanistan’s 38 million people are facing crisis levels of hunger in a food emergency that will likely worsen over the winter.      Full news...


  • October 25, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Children Dying from Starvation in Kabul, Food Crisis Leaves 14 Million Afghan Children Hungry
    Save the Children: More children in Afghanistan are going hungry than ever before, according to UN data analysed by Save the Children, with 22.8 million people – including almost 14m children – expected to face crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity this winter. Yesterday it was reported that eight children from the same family died of starvation in Kabul after losing both of their parents. The siblings - four boys and four girls - were aged between just 18 months and eight years old.      Full news...

  • October 3, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Displaced Afghan Mother Sells Infant to Save Her Ill Daughter
    ToloNews: An Afghan woman displaced from Baghlan province to Kabul due to fighting prior to the fall of Kabul, has sold her one and a half years old infant due to poverty. Living in a tent in Kabul, the mother, Lailuma, said she had no option but to sell her infant to treat her 13-year-old daughter who is sick.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    97 percent of Afghans could plunge into poverty by mid 2022, says UNDP
    UNDP: New York – Afghanistan teeters on the brink of universal poverty. As much as 97 percent of the population is at risk of sinking below the poverty line unless a response to the country’s political and economic crises is urgently launched, according to a rapid appraisal released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The study, which analysed four potential scenarios of escalating intensity and isolation, indicates that real GDP could contract by as much as 13.2 percent, leading to an increase in the poverty rate of up to 25 percentage points.      Full news...

  • February 11, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pregnant Afghan Woman Sells Kidney to Pay Husband's Debts
    Tolo News: Gul, 28, is a native of nearby Faryab province, but has sought refuge in Herat province amid the war and other violence. She said she did not have any other option except to sell her kidney and to pay the loans of her husband who was in Taliban custody. The Taliban has not commented.      Full news...

  • July 9, 2020 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hunger could kill millions more than Covid-19, warns Oxfam
    The Guardian: Millions of people are being pushed towards hunger by the coronavirus pandemic, which could end up killing more people through lack of food than from the illness itself, Oxfam has warned.Closed borders, curfews and travel restrictions have disrupted food supplies and incomes in already fragile countries, forcing an extra million people closer to famine in Afghanistan and heightening the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, where two-thirds already live in hunger.      Full news...

  • May 2, 2020 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civil war, poverty and now the virus: Afghanistan stands on the brink
    The Guardian: The main hospital in Zabul, southern Afghanistan, was abandoned after a Taliban attack last September destroyed most of the building and killed nearly 40 people. But when coronavirus slipped into the province this spring, desperate health authorities, casting around for ways to fight this new enemy, settled on its shattered remains.      Full news...

  • September 16, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Nearly Nine in 10 Afghans Are Suffering
    Gallup: The collapse in peace negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban has removed a potential barrier to holding Afghanistan’s presidential election as scheduled on Sept. 28. But the recent surge in Taliban attacks dispels any expectation that the election will lead to peace and stability for a people who rate their lives more poorly than any other worldwide.      Full news...

  • August 26, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Record Numbers Struggle to Afford Basics
    Gallup: Afghans not only are facing challenges in regard to their safety and security as the country’s presidential election nears, but they also are struggling more than ever to afford the basics such as food and shelter. Gallup surveys in Afghanistan over the past decade highlight the great need for action from incoming leadership.      Full news...


  • June 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: The Country of Widows
    Daily Outlook: Afghanistan is one of the world’s most prolific producers of orphans and widows. The number of widows in Afghanistan is estimated to be from 600,000 to two million (2M), one of the highest in the world. Three decades of war in Afghanistan have created a large crowd of widows. Most of these widows in Afghanistan lost their husbands as a result of war and conflicts.      Full news...


  • February 19, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    As Afghanistan’s capital grows, its residents scramble for clean water
    The New Humanitarian: Twice a week, Farid Rahimi gets up at dawn, wraps a blanket around his shoulders to keep warm, gathers his empty jerrycans, and waits beside the tap outside his house in a hillside neighbourhood above Kabul. At 7am sharp, water bursts from the pipes, filling Rahimi’s tank and buckets. He labours away, saving every drop until – just an hour later – the last drop falls.      Full news...

  • December 7, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    250,000 forced to flee Afghanistan, worst drought in years
    Associated Press: Wheat and opium farmer Murad Khan Ishaqzai, 80, has never seen a drought as bad as the one ravaging western Afghanistan where more than 250,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes. After his crops dried up in Gormach district of Badghis province earlier this year, Ishaqzai rented a truck and drove his family hundreds of kilometres through Taliban-infested areas to the neighbouring province of Herat.      Full news...

  • November 22, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mother had “no other choice” but to sell her 6-year-old daughter
    CNN: An unprecedented drought in Afghanistan has led to families selling their children just to be able to feed their households. CNN has spoken to multiple families around the western city of Herat who have been forced from their homes because of a record dry spell that, according to the United Nations, has forced more people from their homes in 2018 than the record violence afflicting the country.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Over 600,000 Afghan Children Suffer Acute Malnutrition: UNICEF
    TOLOnews.com: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that over 600,000 children in Afghanistan are suffering from acute malnutrition. UNICEF warned that if these children are not provided with sufficient medical treatment, they could even die. The Afghan Minister of Public Health Ferozudin Feroz said Afghanistan still tops the list of countries with the highest maternal and child mortality rates.      Full news...

  • May 26, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Drought Grips Two-Thirds of War-Hit Afghanistan, 2m at risk of food insecurity
    VOA: The United Nations says the ongoing drought has gripped two-thirds of conflict-hit Afghanistan’s 34 provinces and has put more than 2 million people at risk of becoming severely food insecure. Water points and fountains across the country have dried up, and the lack of rain and snow melt has caused rivers to run low or dry up completely, according to a weekly report by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA.      Full news...

  • May 7, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    54 Percent of Afghans Live Below Poverty Line: Survey
    TOLOnews.com: A joint survey carried out by the Central Statistics Organization (CSO) and ICON International shows that almost 54 percent of the population in Afghanistan live below the poverty line. The survey which is titled ‘The living conditions in Afghanistan’ indicates that more than 16 million people in Afghanistan, which constitutes half of the population, live like this.      Full news...

  • May 2, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    24 Percent Of Qualified Afghans ‘Remain Unemployed’
    TOLOnews.com: At least 24 percent of qualified Afghans are job seekers across the country, the labor minister Faizullah Zaki said, stressing the need to create an effective solution to overcome unemployment in Afghanistan. Addressing the national labor conference, the minister said the purpose of the event is to create a clear roadmap for reducing the unemployment rate in the country.      Full news...



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