AFGHANISTAN / WINTER HUNGER

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People in Afghanistan are facing the winter season amid one of the world’s most rapidly growing humanitarian crises. Half of the population face acute hunger, over 9 million people are displaced, and the economy is in free fall. UNHCR

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STORY: AFGHANISTAN / WINTER HUNGER
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LANGUAGE: PASHTO / NATS

DATELINE: 23 – 27 DECEMBER 2021, QHARAGHA DISTRICT, KABUL AND HERAT, AFGHANISTAN

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27 DECEMBER 2021, QHARAGHA DISTRICT, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

1. Various shots, Qhados walking in the snow describing situation
2. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Qhados, Displaced Afghan:
“The walls are collapsing. Water is leaking from the ceiling, the condition we are living in is very bad.”
3. Tracking shot, feet walking in snow
4. Wide shot, Qhados and his family outside their house
5. Close up, girl’s face in snow
6. Wide shot, Qhados and family in their house
7. Med shot, Qhados and children
8. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Zarmina, Displaced Afghan:
“We are hungry. Sometimes we do not eat for two or three nights.”
9. Med shot, Zarmina playing with children
10. Pan right, house and stove with kettle
11. Wide shot, Qhados with children
12. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Qhados, Displaced Afghan:
“We have not had a moment of joy since we came here. We burn rubbish and plastic on the stove. My children collect the rubbish. Sometimes we burn herbs from the roadside. I try to make a living as a porter. “
13. Various shots, men sorting wood in snow
14. Wide shot, Qhados family
15. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Qhados, Displaced Afghan:
“In this snow and rain, it is hard to find wood.”
16. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Qhados, Displaced Afghan:
“We can barely sleep at night.”
17. Wide shot, exterior of house
18. Med shot, children sitting on the ground
19. Close up, plastic bag on child’s foot
20. UPSOUND (Pashto) Qhados, Displaced Afghan:
“If he had socks or shoes, he would not have to cover his feet in plastic.”
21. Close up child

23 DECEMBER 2021, HERAT, AFGHANISTAN

22. Tracking shot, tents on roadside
23. Various shots, man sitting outside tent
24. Wide shot, displaced family making tea
25. Various shots, relief supplies unloading from truck
26. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Displaced Afghan:
“This is our life. In these tents. We do not have clothes or a place to stay. We have nothing. The sky is our roof, and the ground is our carpet. We are living in this situation this winter.”
27. Med shot, children
28. Wide shot, tents

STORYLINE:

People in Afghanistan are facing the winter season amid one of the world’s most rapidly growing humanitarian crises. Half of the population face acute hunger, over 9 million people are displaced, and the economy is in free fall.

Months after fleeing to Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, aid is the only lifeline for many displaced families trying to survive a winter of soaring unemployment and food costs.

Qhados fled his hometown with about ten other families to find safety and survival in the Afghan capital. He shares one room with his wife and children, where they also cook. The roof is leaking, and they can barely find enough wood to keep the fire going to cook tea and keep themselves warm. The situation is similar for most of the families living in this neighborhood in Kabul’s Qharaga district of Kabul.

SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Qhados, Displaced Afghan:
“We have not had a moment of joy since we came here. We burn rubbish and plastic on the stove. My children collect the rubbish. Sometimes we burn herbs from the roadside. I try to make a living as a porter.”

Some 700,000 people in Afghanistan have been forced out of their homes over the past year by conflict. While the fighting may be over in most regions, internally displaced people (IDPs) are facing a potentially more devastating crisis caused by the economic collapse that has followed.

UNCHR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned o that 23 million Afghans – 55 percent of the population – are now facing extreme levels of hunger, with nearly 9 million of them at risk of famine and the humanitarian crisis escalating daily.

UNHCR is providing cash assistance to more than 20,000 IDP families in the central region, which includes Kabul and the surrounding provinces. That is a ten-fold increase on last year.

For the most part, the IDPs are scattered in cheap rental accommodation or living with relatives. For a few weeks after the fall of Kabul, some set up temporary camps in the capital, but most of those people have now returned home. Although most of those who remain have a temporary shelter, their living conditions are usually dire.

SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Displaced Afghan:
“This is our life. In these tents. We do not have clothes or a place to stay. We have nothing. The sky is our roof, and the ground is our carpet. We are living in this situation this winter.”

The United Nations and non-governmental organizations have launched a joint response aiming to deliver vital humanitarian relief to 22 million people in Afghanistan and support 5.7 million displaced Afghans and local communities in five neighbouring countries. Conflict has subsided, but violence, fear, and deprivation continue to drive Afghans to seek safety and asylum across borders, particularly in Iran and Pakistan.
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