UN calls rising hunger in Afghanistan 'extremely alarming'

2015-09-10 19:59
An Afghan internally displaced child collects water near temporary houses. (Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)

An Afghan internally displaced child collects water near temporary houses. (Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)

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Rome - The number of people in Afghanistan without enough to eat is growing at a concerning rate, a report compiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and several non-governmental organisations said on Thursday.

The number of Afghans severely deprived of food has risen to 5.9%, compared to 4.7%12 months ago, the FAO said.

That brings the total number of people classed as "severely food insecure" to more than 1.5 million, it added.

Another 7.3 million people - more than one in four Afghans - are classified as moderately food insecure, the Rome-based UN agency reported.

"These figures are extremely alarming, especially in a country where more than one third of all people are already food insecure," FAO's top envoy in Afghanistan, Claude Jibidar, said.

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