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Afghanistan is appealing to the international community to provide extra supplies of wheat to alleviate a shortage, an Afghan minister has said.
Commerce Minister Mohammad Amin Farhang said the shortage could lead to serious problems during the winter.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization appealed today for immediate help for Afghanistan and southern Africa, warning that failure to provide food and agricultural aid could lead to famine.
The aid is urgently needed in northern Afghanistan, which is in the middle of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. After three successive droughts and two failed harvests, widespread famine conditions already exist in much of the region.
Afghanistan does not have a viable economy. Its government is largely reliant on foreign aid, and as it struggles with an insurgency that on occasion has reached the capital, Kabul, it is almost wholly dependent on foreign troops for security.
Afghan deportees continue to flow into Afghanistan. Since 21 April nearly 100,000 deportees have entered the country. The United Nations has launched a joint CERF Appeal of US$5.9 million to cover the needs of deportee families for an initial period of three months (June to August 2007).
As a part of this appeal, WFP has requested US$1.5 million to cover food needs of about 20,000 people so far, with an average of 80 new families expected each day in the coming months.
I'm seriously confused now. If America is at war with Afghanistan why are they being given aid? Why the constant same-old story?
Is this just a method to keep the people of Afghanistan angry and in fighting mood?