Afghanistan's poor face difficult decisions amid winter cold

Published on 09 January 2012

Winter's chill has settled over the Afghan capital, and with it, privation is sharpening, especially among the city's poor. (..) Seasonal hardship is nothing new for Afghans, but a combination of factors is making this winter harder than usual to bear. Despite billions of dollars in international assistance over the last decade, urban poverty is becoming more entrenched across Afghanistan, aid workers say. The U.N. World Food Program, which normally expends most of its efforts in the countryside, recently launched a food voucher system in Kabul, giving nearly 19,000 poor families about $25 a month for basic supplies.

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