Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Food insecurity displacing hundreds of Afghans

Hundreds of Afghans have deserted their homes and migrated to urban areas because of scarce food supplies, the United Nations’ IRIN news agency reported Wednesday.

According to the article, some 1,000 “food-insecure people” have been forced to abandon their homes in several parts of Badakhshan, Balkh, Kandahar, Zabul, and Helmand provinces over the last month.

The price of food, including critical wheat flour, has increased by over 100 percent in Afghanistan over the past year. The effects of the price hikes are compounded by drought and the poor harvests seen so far in 2008, as well as a strict ban imposed by Pakistan on wheat flour exports as it tries to solve its own food crisis.

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