With food insecurity on the rise, largely due to the pandemic, drought, and conflict, Afghanistan is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises
As 2022 approached, people around the world cautiously celebrated the coming of the new year amidst the pandemic. In Afghanistan, the pandemic is no longer the primary concern , it is food or the lack of it to be precise.
Below, we will be looking at the main drivers of food insecurity: Economic collapse, conflict, drought, which iss a brief outlook for the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan and how it will impact the region.
According to the integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), the economic collapse, conflict, and drought have put more than 6.8 million Afghans in Emergency or Phase 4 food insecurity level.
The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the United States (US) and international forces has pushed Afghanistan’s conflict into a new dynamic. Over 4 million
internally displaced people—with a majority being women and children (in 2021)—are only going to increase, considering Taliban’s hardline rule and medieval governing practices. Concerning reports of retribution against the former government’s officials, especially those with the security forces; and revenge killings have caused displacements, with people choosing to cut all connections with their communities
, fearing for their safety. Displacement, for millions, means losing their sources of income such as their agricultural land, jobs, and any support mechanism they had had in their communities.
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