World Food Programme distribution suspended in northern province after five vehicles ambushed by gunmen and workers held overnight
Afghanistan as a whole is suffering from severe food shortages. In a new report, a group of aid organisations that includes UN agencies said 8.8 million Afghans were food-insecure at the peak of this year’s lean season, the period before harvest when food stocks dwindle. Of those, 1.5 million – or 5.9% of the population – were described as “severely food insecure”, up from 4.7% last year. Households headed by women, who are often the widows or daughters of men killed in the conflict, are almost 50% more likely to lack food.
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An Afghan woman receives food supplies in Herat. The World Food Programme has suspended deliveries to northern Badakhshan province after five of its trucks were ambushed. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA