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Taliban Rounds Up Thousands of Beggars in Afghan Capital

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban government’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, stated that pursuant to an order of the Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, over 3,000 beggars have been rounded up from the streets of Kabul, the Afghan capital.

The Taliban senior official, in a video message on Monday, the 5th of September, stated that the “Beggar Collection Committee” has gathered 3,048 beggars begging in different parts of Kabul city.

Of the 3,048 beggars that were gathered, 2,109 were women, according to the beggar collection committee led by Mullah Baradar.

Only 629 of the aforementioned number of female beggars in Kabul city were deemed “deserving” with the others being classified as “professional beggars” by the committee that collected them.

The number of deserving beggars for men and children is presented as to be 60 out of 283, and 269 out of 656 respectively.

According to Taliban officials, all deserving beggars have been referred to the Afghan Red Crescent Society, where they will receive the necessary support from their respective organizations.

The Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister had previously been ordered to cooperate with the appropriate agencies to start the process of rounding up panhandlers from Kabul city and addressing and resolving their issues.

Beggars who are highly disadvantaged and unable to work were to receive a monthly stipend, and minor beggars were to receive an education, according to the statement made public when the order was announced.

Foreign assistance, access to foreign reserves, and financial links were all severely disrupted once the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.

The aforementioned circumstances caused the economy to significantly contract, poverty and financial instability to surge, with a high rate of unemployment, and food prices spiking, forcing people to beg on the streets.

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