Right now we’re seeing scores of refugees from Afghanistan here in Athens: men, families, even unaccompanied minors (i.e. kids on their own, some as young as 12 years old). Although five million refugees have returned to Afghanistan since 2002, millions of Afghans still wander outside of their homeland (2.6 million in Pakistan and Iran alone). Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (both great reads) and a UNHCR Goodwill Envoy, recently wrote up this short piece for USA Today about the poverty and despair that continue to haunt Afghanistan.
Poverty is not new in Afghanistan, of course. The country was one of the world’s poorest even before it was decimated by nearly 30 years of successive civil conflict. Today, more than 25,000 Afghan women die yearly during pregnancy, childbirth or after delivery. Average life expectancy is 44. One in four children will die before age 5. Seventy percent of the country does not have access to clean water, and half live on less than $1 per day.
Read the entire article HERE and continue to pray for Afghanistan!