Food crisis in Afghanistan: This Ramadan, many families can only fast…

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Save the Children said soaring food prices in Afghanistan, which have nearly doubled since June last year, mean many families break their fast only with bread and water during Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of grace and peace, but this year is a particularly difficult time. The economic crisis has left more and more Afghan families unemployed and destitute, resorting to desperate measures to feed their children.

Since the Taliban took power in August 2021, the cost of living and food has risen dramatically – the price of a kilogram of wheat is nearly 45% higher than last June. According to the World Bank, incomes had already fallen by about a third by the end of 2021. The war in Ukraine could drive up prices and the cost of living in Afghanistan. The World Food Program asserts that the country could be one of the hardest hit by its reliance on wheat.

“Our clinics are full of malnourished children,” says Chris Nyamandi, country director for Save the Children Afghanistan. “There are solutions, and the international community must act now. International governments urgently need to provide humanitarian funds, release frozen assets of the Afghan economy, and stabilize the most important pillars of the financial system.”

Nyamandi reported that at the end of the fasting day, families usually eat together a meal called iftar, in which several dishes are shared. “However, parents tell us that they are in a daze that they cannot provide their children with the usual breakfast, and that sometimes they only eat bread after fasting for more than 12 hours.”

Afghanistan is in the midst of the worst food crisis ever. Half the population – 23 million people, including 14 million children – is expected to face starvation this year. Children are most at risk during a hunger crisis. Without enough food and the right nutrients, there is a risk of malnutrition, which can lead to disease, infection and, in the worst cases, death.

Amara*, 44, says: “Most of the time, my children go to bed hungry because food has become so expensive. Now in Ramadan we have nothing to break. It is difficult to complete the ten hours of fasting. Through it without eating anything good. We We are sick and we are worried.”

Rising food prices and lost income since her husband’s death have forced Amara to send her children to work. Her son earns $0.72 a day carrying bags on the street. “I didn’t want to force my children to work, but when the situation gets worse, when we have no money and nothing to eat, I have to. It breaks my heart. I wish I could send them to school. The children are anxious and suffer psychologically because they have nothing enough food.”

Save the Children has been supporting communities across Afghanistan since 1976, to protect children’s rights even in times of conflict, regime change and natural disasters. The organization runs programs in ten counties and works with partners in three other counties. Since the escalation of the crisis in August 2021, Save the Children has scaled up its assistance to support the growing number of children in need, leading programs in health, nutrition, child protection and education.

*Name changed for protection

Additional materials for download:

Experience reports and photos from Omera* (16) and Amara* (44):

Stories and photos from Nargis*, 10, and Mary* (32):

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