Friday, October 31, 2008

Famine Looms in Afghanistan this Winter?

A British defence think tank, the RUSI, is predicting famine in Afghanistan this winter due to a combination of rising food prices and a summer drought.

"While the eyes of the world have focused on violence which is increasingly terrorist in character, an estimated 8.4 million Afghans, perhaps a third of the nation, are now suffering from 'chronic .. food insecurity'," RUSI analyst Paul Smyth said in a briefing note.

"Whatever the effect of insurgent violence on the UN-mandated mission in Afghanistan, it is widespread hunger and malnutrition that will place a greater obstacle in its progress."