The deepening political instability and economic crisis in Afghanistan have been causing hundreds of thousands of children to face death or permanent illness due to malnutrition.
In Afghanistan, which has been having difficult days due to the coronavirus pandemic and regional problems, the economic and political problems in the country have deepened further after the Taliban’s takeover of the power.
Increasing unemployment in the country, people, especially children, are malnourished.
Dr. Mohammed Emin Sharifi, the head of malnutrition department of Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul, said some children have been hospitalized due to malnutrition.
Sharifi said that children suffer from diarrhea as they do not get enough protein, also hunger and malnutrition in children cause blackness around their eyes and fatigue.
He said Afghan families suffering due to the poverty cannot even find daily food to feed their children.
Stressing that the health situation of children across the country is in danger, he said: “We are asking the international community to help Afghanistan.”
In addition to the economic and political problems in the country, the drought in rural areas makes life even more difficult.
Felvasa Feriba is a mother of four children living in a one-room adobe house in the village of Budhak, 3.1 miles away from Kabul.
The 25-year-old young woman said that they have been living difficult times due to the economic problems, drought and starvation in the region.
“We have nothing to eat. we have not flour, oil or other staple food. We have nothing,” she said.
Emphasizing that her husband, who works as a daily worker, has not found a job for over 10 days, the sad mother said: “My children want food. They cry because there is no food. In addition to that, we have no clothes.”
Stressing that they could not prepare for the winter, the sad woman said that they do not have any wood and stove, therefore, they could get sick or die due to cold weather.