Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Food shortages in Afghanistan force some families to subsist on grass

In the Ajristan District of Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni, many families have been driven to eat dried grass in order to survive during crippling food shortages, the United Nations’ IRIN news agency reported Monday.

A spokesman for Ghazni’s governor confirmed widespread food shortages, but promised that relief supplies would be delivered to the affected communities as soon as the roads were reopened.

Whether this assurance was enough for the poor of Ajristan and Nawa districts remains to be seen. Some do not feel they have the luxury to wait. “Our children will die if we do not receive urgent assistance,” said Atiqullah, a local elder.

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