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Afghans face tough times as price of food, essential goods spikes

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  • 13th December, 2021 11:46:26 PM
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Afghans face tough times as price of food, essential goods spikes

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Kabul [Afghanistan]: People in Afghanistan have expressed serious concern about rising prices for food and other necessities as the country faces a serious economic crisis.

Shopkeeper Saifler said the soaring US dollar against afghani was one of the main reasons for the high price of essentials.

“The reason for the soaring prices is the rise in the dollar. We buy all our products in dollars and sell them at Afs,” Saifullah said, according to Tolo News.

A bag of flour costs 2,400 Afs, and a 16-liter oil bottle costs about 2,800 Afs. The price of a bag of rice is 2,700 Afs.

Citizens said they were having a hard time paying for food and basic cooking utensils due to the high prices.

“I work as a worker. I work at 100-150 Afs every day. The price is high. The income I have now can only be paid for bread,” said Shah Agha, a resident of Kabul. Reported to. news.

The Agricultural and Livestock Chamber of Commerce said the prices of domestic products remain low despite soaring imports.

“A bottle of oil costs 3,000 Afs and flour costs 2,500 Afs, but 7 kg of onions are domestic, so it’s 30 Afs,” said Mirwais Haji Zada, a member of the National Chamber of Agriculture. livestock.

About four months after the Taliban seized power, Afghanistan is on the verge of massive hunger. According to the New York Times, aid groups say one million children could die this winter.

According to an analysis by the United Nations World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 22.8 million people (more than half of the population) are expected to face potentially life-threatening levels of food insecurity this winter. Of those, 8.7 million are approaching famine-the worst stages of the food crisis were said by the New York Times.

Meanwhile, the newly released report of the International Crisis Group (ICG) states that if the international community does not expand its financial support, more Afghans will starve and starve in the current crisis than in the last two decades of fighting. He said he could die in.

“The hunger and poverty after the Taliban has taken over the country seems ready to kill more Afghans than all the bombs and bullets of the last two decades,” the report read.

The ICG reports that the Taliban’s inability to operate the modern economy and the decision of foreign donors to cut off everything but emergency aid are the main reasons behind the economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Source: ANI