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Forty percent of Afghans Face Famine From Drought, Locusts

Hunger hits millions of Afghans: U.N., May 3, 2002

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Some 40 percent of Afghanistan's population is facing famine, according to the United Nations.

Concern is rising among relief agencies as nine million drought-stricken Afghans try to survive the most testing food gap of the year -- the weeks leading up to the harvest in July.

In response to the crisis the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) has launched an urgent appeal for $28 million dollars to make up a shortfall of about 75,000 tons of food.