AFGHANISTAN

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Why should we help Afghanistan?

  • Afghanistan has one of the highest global maternal mortality rates in the world.
  • One in 32 mothers die in childbirth due to malnutrition.*
  • One in 14 infants die from malnutrition before they reach the age of one.*
  • One in 5 children die from malnutrition before the age of five.*
  • According to the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health, 54% of the population is chronically malnourished.

*Mortality rates source: UNICEF Afghanistan Country Statistics

Countless people are dying because of the extreme situation in Afghanistan. The primary cause of malnutrition is protein deficiency. We need to step up immediately. In order to save these lives in Afghanistan, we need to supply protein nutrients.

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A look at Afghanistan

Afghanistan is an inland country in Central Asia surrounded by China, Pakistan, Iran and Uzbekistan. In the past, Afghanistan was part of the Silk Road connecting the East and the West. However, geography puts the country in a strategic area for the neighboring countries, spurring the invasions of Britain, Russia and America. In 1919, Afghanistan gained its independence from Britain. Since the late 1970s, civil war has been ravaging the land. In addition, the Soviet invasion in 1979 and the U.S.-led war in 2001 have destroyed the land with violence.





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Barren land & environment

Afghanistan is the 41st largest country in the world and much of the land is made up of mountainous terrain with a lack of water. The average temperature is below 5 degrees in the winter and over 95 in the summer. The northeastern Hindu Kush mountain range, near the Badakhshan Province, is a geologically active area where earthquakes occur almost every year.


Malnourished women and children

War and civil strife pushed husbands and fathers to war, leaving women and children with no means of economic support. Married women in Afghanistan are largely restricted from showing their faces in public, which makes it virtually impossible for women to engage in commerce. A vicious cycle of poverty ensues. With no income, women and children cannot acquire food and will continue to suffer from malnutrition.