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Tuesday, 8 January, 2002, 15:56 GMT
In pictures: Afghans face starvation
Tens of thousands of Afghan villagers are facing starvation, and aid is reaching them only slowly.

In Bonavash, a village in the mountainous northern region of Abdullah Gan, as in other remote areas, people have nothing to eat but grass.


Three women in Bonavash watching over a sick child
The villagers are suffering from a hacking cough or diarrhea

Three women and a child sitting in a mud hut in Bonavash
Those who haven't fled live in bare huts of baked mud and straw

Scenery around Bonavash
The hills around Bonavash used to be covered with fields of wheat before the drought hit three years ago

A man showing the grass which has become the staple food in Bonavash
Now the villagers make bread and porridge out of grass

Children eating grass bread in Bonavash
The lucky ones have a trace of barley wheat in their grass bread

A woman in Bonavash
Villagers have lost hope and say they are waiting to die

See also:

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