Afghanistan is facing mass starvation. The World Food Programme has estimated that nearly nine million people are one step away from famine, with up to a million children under the age of five at risk of dying from malnutrition. A record 23 million people — more than half the population — are facing acute hunger. The UN agency said a crippling drought and the economic meltdown from the Taliban’s return to power are to blame. China has issued a fresh call for the US to release frozen assets to ease the worsening situation.
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