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The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan has despatched the country spiralling right into a humanitarian quandary.

As Of Late, a few 19 million Afghans cannot feed themselves and so that you can upward push to 23 million via the top of the year. There are 3.2 million youngsters who are acutely malnourished and 1.1 million youngsters who are at risk of dying.

Afghanistan’s humanitarian disaster didn’t start with the Taliban’s surprise takeover in August. 

the country is enduring its second serious drought in three years, Covid lockdowns have hit the economic system hard, and never-ending struggle has despatched masses of lots into camps or urban poverty.

20 years of lavish global investment had introduced improvements to Afghanistan, with benchmarks in public well being, and education emerging. however the nation-construction efforts additionally fuelled corruption and didn’t create a sustainable state or economy. 

however the Taliban’s victory, and the global community’s response, have pitched the country into financial free fall. 

Watch the file by means of Ben Farmer, produced by means of Harriet Barber

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