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Amid Dire Economic Situation, WFP Faces Fund Shortage in Afghanistan

World Food Program (WFP) announced the organization has decreased aid levels to needy families due to a lack of funds, while some 28 million people in Afghanistan are in dire need of emergency aid.

On Tuesday, WFP on Twitter wrote the UN agency has decreased the number of vulnerable families who received aid to five million, mainly due to fund shortages in Afghanistan.

In 2023, it was estimated that around 15.3 million people are faced with serious food insecurity in the war-torn country, WFP had earlier announced.

Previously, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) had stated vulnerable Afghan families who need immediate humanitarian aid has increased from 6.3 million people before the fall of the former government to 28.3 million people in 2023.

According to OCHA findings, some six million people are faced with acute poverty, whereas, WFP has announced that in October 2023, nearly 2.8 million people are plagued with emergency food insecurity.

Meanwhile, some 3.2 million people suffer from malnutrition in Afghanistan. With the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021, the lack of employment opportunities and the ban on Afghan women to work for NGOs and international aid organizations are separate factors fueling the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Taliban authorities have repeatedly refused the reports and statistics about the level of poverty in the country. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs of the Taliban has recently accused the media and the West of exaggerating the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.