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Nine things you need to know about the situation in Afghanistan right now

06 Oct 2021

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People in Afghanistan are no strangers to hardships, having endured 40 years of conflict, poverty, displacement, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is now also facing a failing health system and an economy on the brink of collapse.

Even before the Taliban entered the capital, Kabul, on 15 August, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was one of the worst in the world. Nearly half of the country’s 40 million people, or 18.4 million people, already needed humanitarian assistance. One in three Afghans faces food insecurity, and more than half of all children under age 5 are likely to face acute malnutrition.

Protection and safety risks were also reaching record highs, as 1,659 civilians were killed and more than 3,000 injured in the first half of the year.

Women and girls in Afghanistan are facing seriously high levels of gender-based violence, with 51 per cent of women and girls experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Since 15 August, the impact of the crisis on basic services, including financial and health systems, has worsened the situation for vulnerable people across Afghanistan and risks tipping many more people into humanitarian need.

Here are 9 facts you need to know about the situation in Afghanistan now.

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