Table: Vital Signs

Afghanistan's Failing Economy

POPULATION

21 million

PER CAPITA GDP

$80 (down from $200 in 1979)

MAJOR NONFARM ECONOMIC ACTIVITY:

Goods-smuggling, drug-trafficking

SIZE OF ECONOMY

About $2 billion

ILLITERACY RATE

80%

MALNOURISHMENT RATE

70%

LIFE EXPECTANCY

40 years

INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE

1.2 million

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT

39% of boys; 3% of girls

Data: World Food Program, UNDP, BusinessWeek

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