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Afghans face food shortage ahead of Ramadan

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Afghans are facing a devastating economic collapse and food shortages ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. 30-year-old Laila, a displaced person from the Ghorak district of Kandahar province, lives in a makeshift camp in the outskirts of Kandahar city with her two sons and her brother-in-law's family. Laila's husband fled to Iran five months ago in search of a job and he hasn't been in contact with her since. Laila, who collects garbage and bottles from the streets, said she barely makes 30 Afghanis (35 cents) a day, not even enough to buy bread for her children. Afghanistan has undergone a dramatic transformation since the Taliban took over last year. The country is struggling with the once aid-fueled economy, which is barreling toward collapse. More than half a million people in Afghanistan have lost their jobs since the Taliban takeover, according to a report released by the International Labor Organization in January

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