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Afghanistan turmoil

Afghanistan food crisis prods India, Pakistan to cooperate on aid

Archrivals close to arranging emergency transport of 50,000 tons of Indian wheat

Millions of Afghans are facing food insecurity or worse as winter approaches. (Photo by Kanika Gupta)

NEW DELHI -- The deepening humanitarian emergency in Afghanistan is spurring archrivals India and Pakistan toward rare cooperation, centered on a large shipment of wheat New Delhi aims to send to the impoverished country.

The combination of conflict, drought and pandemic pressures has Afghanistan facing a financial collapse and a major food crisis. As many as "22.8 million Afghans are food insecure, which means almost 10 million people are a step away from starvation," said Babar Baloch, global spokesperson for the UNHCR. "According to the figures, more than 2 million Afghan children are at risk of dying due to malnutrition if they do not receive support in time."

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