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A grandmother prays for her grandson, Mohammed, who is being treated for liver failure at Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital in Kabul. U.S.-led sanctions and severe drought have contributed to a financial crisis in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover in August, plunging many Afghans into hunger and poverty.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein)
The Big Story

Afghanistan nightmare: a humanitarian crisis that threatens to dwarf all others

Following the U.S. withdrawal, desperation amid food and medicine shortages

ANDREW NORTH, Contributing writer | Afghanistan

KABUL -- It was the love of her parents that brought Ruqia all the way from northern Afghanistan to a Kabul hospital, as they sank themselves in debt to pay for a last effort to save their starving daughter.

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