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One in three Afghans suffers from hunger and more than half a million people have been displaced by conflict since January.
The Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15, but the stunning military attack on the capital, Kabul, followed months of deadly fighting across the country, leaving hundreds dead and more than half a million displaced since the beginning of the year.
In July alone, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan nearly doubled compared to the previous month, as 206,967 more people were displaced, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The number of displaced persons now exceeds 570,000, nearly 80 percent of whom are women and children.
Tens of thousands of Afghans have fled the country in fear of more violence. At least 113,500 people have been evacuated from Kabul airport in the past two weeks by the US and its western allies.
More Afghans are expected to flee in the future. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 500,000 people will leave the country over the next four months due to political uncertainty.
570,482 internally displaced persons
More than half of the displaced come from just five of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces: Kunduz (98,737), Bamyan (90,790), Badghis (53,028), Nangarhar (38,175) and Takhar (33,376).
14 million people are starving
According to the World Food Program (WFP), a third of the Afghan population of 38 million faces food insecurity, including two million children who are already malnourished.
Afghanistan was already experiencing severe food shortages even before the Taliban takeover two weeks ago. About 40 percent of the crop has been lost and livestock has been devastated by drought.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, WFP Executive Director David Beasley said the UN Food Aid Department would start running out of food in September without additional funding.
According to the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) acute food insecurity analysis report (PDF), which investigates food insecurity, at least four provinces – Daykundi, Faryab, Ghor and Badakshan – face food shortage emergencies.
Most Afghans live in poverty
Afghanistan has been ravaged by four decades of war. Before the coronavirus pandemic, at least 54.5 percent of the country lived below the poverty line, with current estimates up to 72 percent.
It is one of the poorest countries in the world. Last year, President Ashraf Ghani said 90 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.
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