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6 Million Afghans at Risk of Famine

HeadlineAug 31, 2022

Six million people in Afghanistan are at risk of famine. That’s according to the United Nations, which is trying to raise $770 million to help Afghans before winter. This comes as calls grow for the Biden administration to unfreeze $7 billion of Afghan money held in the United States. U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

Martin Griffiths: “Close to 19 million people are facing acute levels of food insecurity, including 6 million people at risk of famine. More than half of the population — some 24 million people — need humanitarian assistance. And an estimated 3 million children are acutely malnourished. They include over 1 million children estimated to be suffering from the most severe, life-threatening form of malnutrition. Without specialized treatment, these children could die.”

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