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World Food Programme Can Only Support 1 in 5 Afghans as Humanitarian Crisis Spirals

HeadlineOct 12, 2023

The World Food Programme is appealing for the international community to do more to help Afghanistan after it suffered two major earthquakes in recent days, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis.

Philippe Kropf: “This is a disaster on top of a disaster on top of a disaster on top of a disaster. Currently we have 15 million people who do not know where their next meal will come from. And the World Food Programme is only able to support 3 million people due to a massive funding shortfall. So we’re really calling on the international community to support the Afghan people, stand in solidarity and also support the World Food Programme.”

International funding has steadily dropped after the Taliban takeover two years ago. The U.S. has frozen billions of dollars in Afghan assets in New York. The U.N. and other groups have also been restricted by the Taliban’s ban on women aid workers.

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