Benefactors' Food Packages Fight Hunger in Afghanistan

In Faryab, Afghanistan, the ACT team distributed hundreds of food packages. Hopefully, the gift packages from generous donors will help to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among Afghan internally displaced people.

Afghan IDPs
The ACT team delivers food to Afghan IDPs. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, FARYAB – Afghanistan is at the apex of a humanitarian crisis, surrounded by a slew of complex humanitarian issues, ranging from severe internal conflict, economic collapse, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the worst drought in 27 years. Thus, the number of internally displaced people in Afghanistan has skyrocketed.

Hunger is widespread in the country, which covers an area of 652,860 square kilometers. Aside from rising food prices and difficult access, Afghanistan's agricultural sector experienced crop failures in the previous season. Therefore, the current food stock is depleted. More than half of Afghanistan's population is facing a food crisis.

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), said, “Afghanistan is in freefall. People are starving. Food shortages and skyrocketing prices mean that people are selling everything they have to buy basic supplies. When there is nothing left to sell, many people are going into huge debt. They are taking every action they can, but the situation is impossible.”

To reduce hunger in Afghanistan, benefactors distributed food packages containing various necessities through Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) at the end of April. The team distributed aid to 550 beneficiaries in Faryab City.

"Insha Allah, this package will provide them with food for up to a month after Eid. Most of the recipients are impoverished families whose economies have been destroyed by the country's crisis," Tuesday (5/10/2022), Firdaus Guritno of ACT's Global Humanity Network team said.

This food aid is also expected to help reduce the high number of nutritional deficiencies among IDPs, which can lead to the outbreak of various diseases.

Medics have also expressed concern about a lack of medicines and basic supplies. More than 3 million children under the age of five are estimated to be suffering from acute malnutrition, with one million at risk of death. []