12 million Afghans live under poverty line: ministry
Afghan Minister for Public Health Syed Mohammad Amin Fatimi has revealed that 12 million out of the total 30 million Afghans, including 3 million children, live under poverty line in the war-torn country, a local newspaper reported Saturday.
"Twelve million people, of these 3 million are children under five, live under poverty line in Afghanistan,"daily Rah-e-Nejat quoted minister Fatimi as saying, Xinhua reported.
The minister noted these children have been suffering from malnutrition.
Out of the 12 million people living under poverty, according to the minister, 2.4 million of them are mothers facing the problem.
The war-torn Afghanistan is the fourth poorest country in term of having food security in the world based on a report on human development in 178 countries provided by United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Afghan Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Mohammad Asif Rahim said a couple of days ago.