Ground Report | New Delhi: Taliban’s new plan; The Afghan Taliban have launched a program to combat hunger and poverty, offering thousands of people wheat in exchange for wages. The scheme will be rolled out to major Afghan towns and cities and employs 40,000 people in the capital alone, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference in Kabul on Sunday, according to AFP.
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Zabihullah Mujahid said: ‘This is an important step in the fight against unemployment. Workers must ‘work hard. Afghanistan, already plagued by poverty, drought, power outages, and a failed economic system is about to experience the onset of severe winters.
Under the Taliban’s Food for Food Scheme, workers will not be paid, but for those who are currently unemployed and at high risk of starvation during the winter.
Taliban’s new plan
The workers will not be given money in the grain scheme for the Taliban’s work. Its purpose is to provide work to those people who currently have no work and are facing the danger of starvation in winter.
The two-month program will distribute 11,600 tonnes of wheat in the capital Kabul and about 55,000 tonnes in other parts of the country, including Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif, and Pul-e-Khumri.
In Kabul on Sunday, Zabiullah Mujahid, Agriculture Minister Abdul Rehman, and the city’s mayor Hamdullah Nomani started the scheme by cutting a pink ribbon.
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Other senior officials, including Zabihullah Mujahid, Agriculture Minister Abdul Rehman Rashid and Kabul Mayor Hamdullah Nomani, cut and excavated pink ribbons during a ceremony in the capital’s rural area of Resh Khor to launch the program.
The Afghan Taliban’s move comes as senior Afghan politician and Hizb-e-Wahdat Islami party chief Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq posted a picture of the two children on Facebook, claiming that They are among eight children who died of starvation in Kabul.
Afghanistan may collapse
The Taliban captured Kabul on 15 August. Since then the economic condition of the country has remained fragile. On Saturday, Pakistan and Sweden warned that Afghanistan could collapse at any time.
Sweden’s Development Minister Per Olsson Frid said in Dubai: “The country is on the verge of collapse and this can happen faster than we imagined.” He said the economic predicament could provide an environment for terrorist organizations to flourish, although Frid made it clear that his government would not help the country through the Taliban, but would help the country through social institutions.
The report quoted Mohammad Ali Bamiani as saying: “These children died of starvation, including four boys and four girls, who were buried in a cemetery in the Ghorgh area.”
The United Nations has warned that by the end of this year, millions of children up to the age of five in Afghanistan may be in need of treatment for their life-threatening malnutrition. In addition, 3.3 million children will suffer from severe malnutrition.