UN officials says rural Afghans have critical need for aid

  • FILE - In this June 24, 2010 file photo, farmers harvest wheat outside Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)

UNITED NATIONS — Four million Afghans are facing “a food emergency” and the majority live in rural areas where $36 million is urgently needed for the coming months to ensure the planting of winter wheat, feed for livestock, and cash assistance for vulnerable families, the elderly and disabled, a U.N. official said Tuesday.