ON DEVELOPMENT | New World Records: More Weapons than Ever. And a Hunger Crisis Like No Other

July 5, 2022

While the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit ended with net commitments to double spending on weapons and to increase by eight-fold the number of troops in Europe, the total of hungry people worldwide now marks an unprecedented record.

Source: New World Records: More Weapons than Ever. And a Hunger Crisis Like No Other IPS News, By Baher Kamal, July 1, 2022

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A year after the Taliban took power, humanitarian needs are rising even as foreign aid has dried up.

During the former Islamic Republic, foreign aid grants funded 75 percent of public spending. Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the United States has provided $775 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, but the UN says at least $4.4 billion is needed to address the emergency needs of more than 24 million Afghans – 60 percent of the population.

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