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Afghanistan’s worst drought in decades has forced many people out of their homes.

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Afghanistan’s worst drought in decades has forced many people out of their homes.

HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP via Getty Images

Afghanistan is facing its worst drought in decades, but that is not the only reason it is on the brink of a famine crisis. Following the Taliban’s takeover, much of the country’s international development assistance was suspended, and the United States froze $ 9.5 billion in Afghan government assets. The economy has plummeted.

Richard Trenchard, Country Director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Afghanistan, explains what he has heard from farmers and shepherds.

PBS NewsHour special correspondent Jane Ferguson recently returned from a reportage trip in the country, where she saw hospital wards being filled up with malnourished babies and toddlers.

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This episode was produced by Connor Donevan, Lauren Hodges and Kat Lonsdorf. It was edited by Fatma Tanis, Nishant Dahiya, Courtney Dorning, and Christopher Intagliata. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.

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