Half of Afghan Children Under 5 Expected to Be Malnourished Amid Food Shortages

Amid food shortages in Afghanistan, UNICEF estimates that half of the country’s children under 5 are expected to suffer from malnutrition amid food shortages, the Associated Press reported.

“There are millions of people who are going to starve, and there is winter coming, COVID raging, and the whole social system collapsed,” Omar Adbi, UNICEF’s deputy executive director for programs, said during a visit to a Kabul children’s hospital.

The AP said a woman from Kunar province brought her severely malnourished 3-year-old child to the hospital. Nargis, who declined to give her full name, said fighting between the Taliban and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has devastated communities and their access to basic needs.

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