U.K. Government Pledges £35M In New Funding To Assist Afghanistan With Worsening Food Crisis

The Guardian: U.K. pledges £35m to Afghanistan as food crisis worsens
“The U.K. government has announced £35m of new funding to help the growing crisis in Afghanistan as a new report warns that almost half of the rural population — 10.6 million people — are likely to be affected by severe food insecurity. The report, by independent multi-agency body the IPC, highlighted the spread of conflict and the ongoing drought which has displaced over 250,000 people, impacting Afghan incomes and leading to widespread malnutrition among children…” (Austin, 11/27).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Drought drives desperate Afghans to marry off children for money — U.N.
“Afghanistan’s worst drought in decades has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and is pushing families to marry off their children in exchange for dowries in order to survive, the United Nations said on Tuesday. About 223,000 people have been uprooted from their homes in the drought-hit western provinces of Herat, Badghis, and Ghor this year, according to the U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF)…” (Ferrie, 11/27).