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U.N. to End Food Aid for Another 2 Million Afghans as 15 Million Face Hunger

HeadlineSep 07, 2023

The World Food Programme says it will further slash the amount of humanitarian assistance it provides to Afghanistan, where more than 15 million people face severe food insecurity. WFP Afghanistan country director Hsiao-Wei Lee blamed a lack of funding for the latest cuts, which will see the U.N. agency provide emergency food aid to just 3 million Afghans.

Hsiao-Wei Lee: “This month we’re having to reduce another 2 million. That means 10 million people that we had served previously and who need assistance are going to bed hungry without any food assistance that WFP is able to provide.”

We’ll have more on the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere, later in the broadcast. We’ll speak with Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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