The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan (OCHA) reports that Afghanistan currently holds the unfortunate distinction of having the highest maternal and child mortality rates globally.
The OCHA has reported that 699 out of every 100,000 infants in Afghanistan do not survive, marking it as the country with the highest infant mortality rate in the world. The OCHA statement highlights that this distressing number has seen a significant rise following the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Previously, there were reports indicating that the World Food Organization was scaling down its aid efforts in Afghanistan due to a lack of financial resources. The World Food Program, citing financial constraints, revealed that it could only extend assistance to one out of every five Afghans facing dire needs.
Experts contend that the prevalent hunger in Afghanistan is pushing the local population to explore alternative means of livelihood and sustenance, with crime, particularly involvement in drug trade, theft, and acts of terrorism, emerging as the quickest and most accessible options. This troubling scenario is creating a conducive environment for the proliferation of extremist sentiments, which could subsequently lead to an escalation of tensions in neighboring countries, stretching from China to Central Asia.