In this photograph taken on May 6, 2018 shows Afghan rag pickers walk with their bags after collecting re-usable plastic materials in a trash site in Kabul. / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR
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Afghanistan's poverty rate has worsened sharply over the past five years as the economy has stalled and the Taliban insurgency has spread, with more than half the population living on less than a dollar a day, a survey published on Monday showed.The Afghanistan Living Conditions Survey (ALCS), a joint study by the European Union and Afghanistan's Central Statistics Organization, showed the national poverty rate rising to 55 percent in 2016-17 from 38 percent in 2011-12 .The ALCS report comes at a time when 20 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces are suffering from serious drought and international aid agencies are seeking millions of dollars to help them.The survey found that 50 percent of the population is younger than 15 .
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