Over half of Afghans may face acute hunger this winter: UN Oct 26, 2021 0 0 12345 DPAIslamabadMore than half of Afghanistan’s population could face acute hunger from next month, the United Nations has warned.The impact of drought, conflict, the coronavirus pandemic and the on-going economic crisis have combined to severely affect people’s access to food, said a statement issued jointly by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday.The situation was set to deteriorate as winter approaches, the statement added.One in two Afghans could face acute hunger between November and March, the report predicted, adding that this was the highest rate ever recorded in the 10 years the UN has conducted food insecurity analyses in the country.WFP executive director David Beasley said that the situation in Afghanistan is now among the world’s worst humanitarian crises and that millions of Afghans will be forced to choose between migration and starvation this winter.“We are on a countdown to catastrophe if we don’t act now,” Beasley warned. “Hunger is rising and children are dying. We can’t feed people on promises.” Children are particularly at risk of starvation and malnutrition since an economic and political crisis began in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover in August, with many families losing their main sources of income.On Sunday, a local religious scholar reported that eight children had starved to death in the western part of Kabul. The children were reportedly members of the same family who had recently lost their parents to illness.Exiled Hazara politician Mohammad Mohaqiq on Sunday criticized the Taliban and called on the international community to send more aid to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Sudanese government unseated by military Oct 26, 2021 0 0 South Korea announces ‘gradual return to normal life’ from November Oct 26, 2021 0 0 China marks 50 years of admission to UN as ‘victory of Chinese people’ Oct 26, 2021 0 0 Indonesian president calls for South-East Asian travel corridor Jakarta: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday called for a South-East Asian travel corridor to revive the economy as coronavirus cases subsided in the region. He said countries in the region had imposed some of .. China orders lockdown to curb Covid outbreak in remote north-west Beijing: China is taking strict measures to combat a new outbreak of coronavirus infections in the northern county of Ejin, close to Mongolia, where tens of thousands of people have been instructed not to leave their ..