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Nine million Afghans living on less than a dollar a day - survey

As result of decades of war Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world with over half its 24.5 million people living bellow the poverty line, according to the UN.
(Abdullah Shaheen/IRIN)

The average per capita monthly expenditure of nine million Afghans is less than 66 US cents a day, and millions of other Afghans spend about $42 a month, according to a summary of Afghanistan’s new National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (NRVA).

NRVA 2007/08 was produced by the government with European Union funding and in collaboration with aid agencies.

A bleak picture is painted:

  • 26 percent literacy rate (12 percent female and 39 male)
  • 24 percent of all child deliveries are attended by a skilled birth attendant
  • Less than 30 percent of people have access to safe drinking water
  • Over 90 percent do not have access to proper sanitation
  • About 20 percent have electricity in their homes.
  • Half of the estimated population of 25 million is under 15


This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information:

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