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Afghanistan turmoil

Global food inflation stokes Afghanistan's starvation crisis

War, drought and economic crisis leave millions unable to cope with rising prices

A child gets treatment for malnourishment at the Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital in Kabul. (Photo by Kanika Gupta)

KABUL -- Gulbar, a 25-year-old mother of five from Herat, Afghanistan, says she is willing to sell her newborn daughter because she cannot afford to feed her.

"My husband is a day laborer and only makes 1,000 afghanis ($11) per month. Everything is so expensive these days," she said. "How do I feed my five children? Even my breasts have run dry and I have no more milk left in me. I will sell my newborn if anyone is interested in buying."

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