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afghanistan
By: Anonymous

Afghanistan is one country, which has suffered greatly at the hands of war.
Afghanistan has been hit hard by every possible catastrophe in the last twenty
years – displacement, economic deterioration, sanctions, border controls,
increased poverty and now one of the worst droughts that the world has ever
seen. Such a combination of disasters would destroy any country. After the
end of the Russian war in Afghanistan, where the Afghani’s won against the
Russians, civil war erupted all over the country. Different religious groups
from all over the countryside came up to take reign of the country the two
better known being Taliban and the Shiaite regime. According to the United
Nations, by June 2001 almost half of the Afghani population will be affected
by the drought. Three to four million people may be severely affected and
another eight two twelve million people will be moderately affected. In
Afghanistan only an estimated 23% of the population has access to safe
drinking water, 12% has access to adequate sanitation and only 19% of the
rural dwellers have access to clean water. The only solution that the people of
Afghanistan have against the drought is to either flee to neighbouring countries
Pakistan and Iran, who themselves are facing a severe economic crisis or to
depend upon the international community to send them aid to help them get
through the drought.

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