What is the standard of living in Afghanistan?

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According to statistics, the living conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse as more and more people cannot meet their basic needs. It is estimated 55% of the population is living on less than a dollar a day. Unemployment is high, and the Taliban is on the rise once again. Despite...

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According to statistics, the living conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse as more and more people cannot meet their basic needs. It is estimated 55% of the population is living on less than a dollar a day. Unemployment is high, and the Taliban is on the rise once again. Despite efforts by the Kabul government to set the economy straight, there is still a lot that needs to be done. The agricultural sector is crumbling and farmers can no longer depend on it as a source of income. This scenario has also led to food insecurity. People are selling their land so that they can get some money to buy food. Most of them depend on food aid. Water is also another issue. 50% of the population don't have access to clean water.

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Afghanistan is very much a developing country or what was once called a Third World country.  It is a very poor country whose inhabitants have low life expectancies and little education.

For example, Afghanistan's GDP per capita (a rough measure of how much money is made per person in the country) is only $1,000.  For the sake of comparison, this is 212th out of 229 countries listed in the CIA World Factbook.  In other words, very few countries are poorer than Afghanistan.

For another example, Afghanistan has an infant mortality rate of 149 deaths per 1000 live births.  This is a terribly high number.  Only one country in the world has a higher rate.

Please follow the links for much more in the way of statistics on this subject.

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