Famine: new battleground for displaced Afghans – a photo essay squib

Nearly 700,000 people have been forced from their homes in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2021, joining 2.9 million Afghans already internally displaced across the country at the end of 2020. The withdrawal of foreign aid after the Taliban took over Kabul has crippled the economy and led to a humanitarian crisis

“This is the first time I’ve been home in six years,” says Sayed Muhammad, 70.

But the sight that greeted his family on their return a few weeks ago was one of devastation. The entire back section of the house, which is located near a now-abandoned military base, had been reduced to rubble.

Together with his wife and six children, Muhammad has moved into the one room of their house that still has a roof, fixing plastic sheets over holes in the walls. “We’ve put the door back, but it’s freezing at night,” he says.

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