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UN Warns 7 Million Afghans Will Go Hungry Without More Aid

The United Nations has warned of a looming food aid shortage in Afghanistan that could leave more than 7 million people hungry unless it received urgent funding of over $250 million to buy more supplies.

The number represents nearly a quarter of the country's population of around 30 million.

The UN's World Food Program (WFP) said on April 15 that most of those who will go short of food are women and children.

WFP said only half of the stockpiles needed for this year had been assured.

Fighting in the country's worsening insurgency typically intensifies in the summer months, complicating access to food.