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U-N Food Agencies: Afghans Warns Again of Food Shortages - 2001-09-20


The U-N Food and Agriculture Organization has repeated a warning that nearly six million people in Afghanistan could face severe food shortages if the United States carries out retaliatory attacks for last week's terrorist attacks.

The Rome-based organization says the attacks could worsen conditions for millions of Afghans who are already suffering from droughts and the effects of a prolonged civil war.

Meanwhile, the World Food Program says food shipments into the country have been stopped because not enough vehicles are available to move the aid. The U-N agency says it is preparing contingency plans to help struggling Afghans. But it says its hands are tied as it can not assure proper distribution.

Last week, the United Nations withdrew all foreign aid workers from Afghanistan. The World Food Program says local aid workers have been carrying out only limited humanitarian operations.

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