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  Starving Afghans eat bread made from grass
Updated 10 January 2002, 13.48

Thousands of villagers including many children are having to eat grass to survive in remote parts of Afghanistan.


Years of drought and war has meant that Afghani farmers have been unable to grow crops, like wheat, so they were relying on food aid supplied by international agencies.

But aid officials say that because the country is very mountainous, food aid has been unable to reach the starving villagers.

Grass porridge


Instead, families are now surviving by making bread made of crushed grass and some barley or grass porridge.

And there are some villagers who don't even have barley to mix with their grass.

"We are waiting to die. If food does not come, if the situation does not change, we will eat this.. until we die," said one man.

An aid spokesperson said they are doing all they can to try and get food to those who are suffering in this crisis.


 
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