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One year into Taliban control, Afghans face poverty and repression. Australia cannot turn a blind eye

One year after the fall of Kabul, life is difficult and precarious for almost everyone in Afghanistan.

More than half of the 40 million people of this troubled country are facing severe malnutrition and grinding poverty, and 90% struggle with food insecurity.

  • Greg Barton
  • The Conversation

In a land of widows and orphans, disaster has struck the many households where women were the breadwinners.

Now most women are blocked from returning to their places of employment and business, with only 15% of women able to work.

They risk beatings, and worse, if they leave the house without a male guardian, and even then must be covered from head to foot in traditional dress.

A harsh drought has crippled crops and…

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