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WHO: hundreds of thousands of children face severe malnutrition in Afghanistan

The World Health Organization has warned that hundreds of thousands of children in Afghanistan face malnutrition.

“In 2023, about 875,000 children in Afghanistan are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition, including 125,000 kids with complications. Over 2.3M children may suffer from moderate acute malnutrition, and 840,000 pregnant women and lactating mothers from acute malnutrition,” WHO said.  

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that aid agencies need more than 4.6 billion dollars in 2023 to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. 

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“Afghanistan is the largest humanitarian crisis globally and the worst country in the world to be a woman. 28M people need assistance, including 6M close to famine. Drought looms for a 3rd consecutive year, the economy is in steep decline, and access to essential services is limited.” UNOCHA said in a tweet.

The Taliban’s ban on women working as aid workers last December, forced major aid agencies suspend their operations in Afghanistan, further exacerbating the situation, which has been made worse by deadly extreme weather conditions.