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WFP concerns over food shortage in Afghanistan

In a recent report, the World Food Program expressed concerns about the shortage of food in Afghanistan and some other impoverished countries that are in need of assistance from the organization. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Program (WFP) have warned that food shortage may be more pronounced in 22 countries, including Afghanistan, from June to November of the current year. The report, published on the World Bank’s website, states that Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen will remain a concern from June to November 2023. The report also stated that wheat clusters were remarkably dried up in the northern, southern, and central areas in mid-May due to the dropping surface water to less than average, pre-mature melting of mountain glaciers, and below-average humidity in the soil. In an interview with The Kab ul Times correspondent, several poor-area Kabul residents stated that their areas were vulnerable due to several consecutive drought years. Hence, they were compelled to leave their homes and reside in Kabul. “I came from Badghis Province and reside in an impoverished area in Kabul. I don’t know how to finance my family since I have no money. I live in a dire situation and have to be financed,” said Mahmood, who came from Badghis to Kabul. “We were assisted once, and I ask the WFP to assist us more since we are destitute. Otherwise, it is quite difficult for me to meet my family’s needs alone,” he added. Mahmood is not the only person who suffers from extreme poverty and indigence, as several families are in dire need of assistance. These families resorted to begging alongside the city roads to receive food, and others beg dry bread beside the bakeries. Spozhmai, whose husband is an addict, lives with her three children and faces numerous economic challenges. “I am compelled to provide food for my three children and had no option other than to beg alongside the city roads,” she shared. “I have no capital to run a small business. Previously, people used to give me charity, but now they do not. I am utterly perplexed about what to do,” she further added. “Previously, I used to do laundry in people’s homes, but now no one employs us at any work since the economic situation is dire. Our children abandoned the school as I could not afford to pay their expenses. When I feed them in the morning, I wonder what to prepare for dinner. Sometimes my children bring the burned bread from the bakeries, and we eat it as our dinner,” he said. Furthermore, several economists argue that humanitarian organizations have been assisting the Afghan people for one and a half years. It is most likely this assistance/aid would be distributed and provided for the Afghan people in need continuously if they were properly monitored. They believe these aids were controlled and supervised by some individuals who distributed them to their relatives, and the poor and people in need were deprived of these aids. As a result, the people who were already poor became even most poor. The experts request the donors and program heads who are responsible for distributing the aid provided by the WFP, revise their distribution policy and appoint loyal and faithful individuals to their program so that people in need can receive assistance and prevent prevailing corruption in the distribution of aid. It comes as the WFP’s spokesperson Wahidullah Amani previously stated to the media that over 15 million Afghans are facing a shortage of foodstuff. Shukria Kohistani

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.