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Over half of Afghans live in ‘comprehensive’ poverty

AT News Report

KABUL: More than half of Afghan population (52 per cent) is living under the condition of poverty, the country’s statistics department has said in its latest report, in which it has called “comprehensive poverty”.

Ahmad Javed Rasouli, head of statistic department said Sunday that the report assessed Afghans’ life condition in five parts: education, healthcare, life standards, employment and security.

Economy Minister, Mostafa Mastoor also said that people having less than 40 per cent of access to these five issues, had been listed as poor.

Previous reports focused on people’s income, with those with less than 30 dollar-income per month, were counted as poor. Mastoor said that was why the reports released in 2016 and 2017, showed general poverty 54 per cent. In the new report, there the graph of poverty is different in different provinces.

“Poverty in the big cities is 18 per cent, it is 61 per cent in the rural areas, while this percentage soars up to 89 among the nomads,” he said.

The comprehensive poverty rate in Kabul is 15 per cent, in Badghis, a province in the northwest is reaches 85 per cent, and it is 80 per cent in the eastern province of Nooristan, according to minister of economy.

The report reads that the only breadwinners of 60 per cent of poverty-stricken families are illiterate, and 48 per cent of these families have said that the only educated persons of them are 10-year old children.

Mastoor added that the report includes information about eradicating of poverty, eradicating of starvation, guaranteeing a sound life, inclusive education, providing of potable water, access to clean energy, suitable job and economic growth in Afghanistan that could help the country to gain the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2004, Afghanistan signed a document of the United Nations’ Millennium Development and committed to reach the document’s eight goals by 2020.

The population of Afghanistan is something more than 31 million, according to a report released by the statistics department.

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