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Why should we help Afghanistan?

 

Afghanistan has a total population of 31.3 million with half the population under the age of 18*

 

  • One in 10 children die before the age of 5**
  • 31% of children under five years of age are moderately or severely underweight**
  • 55% of children under five years of age are stunted**
  • As of 2014, Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rate is 327 deaths per 100,000 live births***
  • Underlying cause – protein-energy malnutrition
  • Lack of nutrients in daily diet of naan, vegetables, not enough meat, and choy.

 

(* The State of World Population 2014 “United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 1 Jan. 2014 | **Afghanistan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010-2011, “Central Statistics Org. (CSO), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), June 2012. | *** “State of Afghanistan’s Midwifery 2014,” United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Country Office Afghanistan, Jan. 2014)

 

(Please click here for related article, April 2015, “Why Should We Help Afghanistan?)

 

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.

 

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 places the country in a strategic area for 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.