International assistance that had been supporting the economy of the collapsed country for 20 years came to an end with the Taliban triumph. The worst famine in 30 years has already left producers poor and helpless in the countryside, where more than two-thirds of Afghans reside. A deadly convergence of political and environmental disasters is haunting Afghanistan, causing hunger. Only 2% of the population, according to the UN, is receiving enough to eat. In 2021, the economy was expected to have declined by at least a third. Ordinary people’s jobs have evaporated, and those who are still employed have seen their pay dwindle.
The Crossroads of Special Operations