Desperate Measures in Drought-Stricken Afghanistan

Struggling to survive Afghanistan’s worst drought in decades, families are leaving their homes and losing their livelihoods—pushing some to marry off their children in exchange for dowries.
 
"Children are becoming the collateral,” UNICEF spokesperson Alison Parker told Thomson Reuters Foundation.
 
Nearly half of Afghanistan's rural population—10.6 million people—face severe acute food insecurity, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification system hunger index. About 223,000 people have been displaced in drought-stricken western provinces, according to UNICEF, while conflict has uprooted 282,000 more this year alone.
 
The UK government announced £35m in new aid, but other donors must step up to avert a humanitarian crisis, UK international development secretary Penny Mordaunt said.

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