Local officials in Badakhshan province confirmed that a 60-year-old man named Sardar hanged himself in the Jurm district on Saturday evening, due to poverty and hardship.

Badakhshan governor’s spokesman Sanaullah Rouhani said the man was a resident of Dashtak village in Jurm district.

According to Rouhani,  many people like Saradar,  ask several relatives for a loan to feed their children but return empty-handed and hopeless.

The spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan added that the man had committed suicide out of the prevalence of poverty.

Meanwhile, Fakhruddin Qazizada, a former adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Khaama Press that the man had committed suicide out of extreme poverty.

Qazizada who himself is a Badakhshan resident added that Sardar had previously worked on the development and local projects, but had been unemployed for a year due to unemployment impacts and insecurity.

According to him, the happened when the national toilet program started a month ago in Jurm district of Badakhshan province.

He indicated that the main issue with the national food distribution program (Dastarkhan e Millie) is widespread corruption.

The program in Badakhshan province is monopolized by the political and economic mafia, the food is not fairly distributed and is unavailable to poor and needy families, the former advisor said.

Entities close to political and powerful mafia figures were provided food facilities under the government’s food distribution program, according to him if the aid was equally distributed, Sardar would not have committed suicide.

This comes as statistical reports indicate that in the near future more than 16 million population in Afghanistan would require humanitarian aid.

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