Asia & Pacific

AFGHANISTAN: The Central-Asian country is still one of the poorest countries in the world, German weekly Die Zeit writes. According to recent World Bank estimates, 70 percent of the population is undernourished. Average life expectancy is at 44 years, compared to an average of 59 years in developing countries in general. Infant mortality is with 163 per 1000 births the highest in the world. Eighteen months after the fall of the Taliban regime, there are no country-wide improvements, the weekly writes. While Kosovo is getting $250 per person in development aid, Afghanistan is only receiving $42. All in all, the international community has committed $5.25 billion in development aid, of which Germany is contributing $400 million.

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