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“ONE OUT OF THREE PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY IN AFGHANISTAN!”

The World Food Program’s (WFP) food stocks in Afghanistan could run out by the end of September without additional funding, a top U.N. official warned Wednesday, saying that one out three people are hungry in the country.

“We will not be able to provide those essential food items because we’ll be out of stocks, and for us to keep the current demand, we need at least $200 million only for the food sector, to be able to provide the food to the most vulnerable,” the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov, told reporters from the capital Kabul. “The situation… from a humanitarian perspective continues to be extremely tense.”

Ramiz Alakbarov

Alakbarov also noted that at least one-third of Afghanistan’s population does not know how long they will have to deal with food insecurity. The food prices have skyrocketed by nearly 50%, while petrol by as much as 75%, according to media reports. U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator urged government services are struggling to maintain their operations and public employees are not getting their salaries.

On Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Afghanistan is facing an impending “humanitarian catastrophe” as the Taliban take control of the war-torn nation.

“A humanitarian catastrophe looms,” he said in a statement. “Amid a severe drought and with harsh winter conditions on the horizon, extra food, shelter and health supplies must be urgently fast-tracked into the country.”

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