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    Millions of Afghans face food shortage Starvation in Afghanistan September 20, 2008 UPI http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10278 A poor harvest,
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      Millions of Afghans face food shortage


      Starvation in Afghanistan
      September 20, 2008
      UPI
      http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10278


      A poor harvest, the harshest winter in memory and widespread drought
      could mean a severe winter food shortage for millions of Afghans, aid
      officials say.

      The grim forecasts generally cover small farmers in central and
      northern Afghanistan, affecting 9 million people, more than a quarter
      of the population, The New York Times reported Friday.

      There are also growing fears of civil unrest fed by increasing
      economic hardship, worsening governmental disorder, deteriorating
      security, the accumulated pressure of returning refugees and the
      effects of rising world food prices.

      The British charity Oxfam, which conducted a provisional assessment
      of conditions in remote Daykondi, Afghanistan, appealed for
      international assistance before winter sets in, warning, "Time is
      running out to avert a humanitarian crisis."

      The first winter snows are expected next month.

      That assessment is echoed by villagers across the broader region,
      including in Bamian Province.

      "In all these 30 years of war, we have not had it as bad as this," a
      farmer in Yakowlang told the Times.

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