Tackling a root cause of Afghan instability

Last fall, Taliban militants in Pakistan attacked a UN World Food Program compound in Islamabad, killing five workers.

WFP Photo: Shella Fushunji
Despite a massive international presence in the country, fully one-third of Afghans require food assistance.
Laura Payton
Published: Wednesday, 02/17/2010 12:00 am EST

Last fall, Taliban militants in Pakistan attacked a UN World Food Program compound in Islamabad, killing five workers. Less than a month later, the UN announced it was relocating some of its staff in Afghanistan after a siege at one of its guest houses in Kabul. The region is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous in the world for UN staff, and yet it's also a region desperately in need of WFP assistance.

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