Afghanische Staatsbedienstete werden mit Weizen bezahlt

12 Jan. 2022 15:07

More and more employees of the Afghan state are to be paid for their work with wheat instead of money. The development is reportedly a step taken by the Taliban government trying to help the people in this way.

The Taliban government has announced that it will expand its “food for work” program, under which it pays thousands of public service workers with wheat instead of money.

Around 40,000 workers in Kabul have received ten kilograms of wheat per day for five hours of work. Agricultural officials in the country have now announced that the program will now be extended to the whole country. According to Reuters said Fazel Bari Fazli, Deputy Minister for Administration and Finance in the Ministry of Agriculture:

“We are ready to help our people as best we can.”

The Taliban mostly use wheat that India donated to the previous US-backed Afghan government. The new government received 18 tons of wheat from Pakistan last year and is expecting further deliveries. According to Fazli, negotiations are also ongoing with India for a delivery of 55 tons.

The United Arab Emirates and Iran are also among the countries that have provided food and medical supplies to Afghanistan. The United Nations estimates that more than half of the country’s population is in need of humanitarian aid, with almost a quarter already on the verge of starvation. This emerges from a current report by the World Food Program.

The economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has worsened since the Taliban took power in August after US troops withdrew from the country. Since then, sanctions have been imposed on members of the Taliban, the assets of the Afghan central bank have been frozen, and much of the foreign aid used to support the economy has been suspended.

On Tuesday, the United Nations asked donor countries to provide Afghanistan with $ 4.4 billion in humanitarian aid this year. Reference was made to the “unprecedented plight of ordinary women, men and children in Afghanistan”. The aid is said to bypass the government in Kabul and will mainly be distributed by international organizations.

more on the subject – Taliban met with leaders of anti-Taliban resistance groups in Tehran

Disclaimer: If you need to update/edit/remove this news or article then please contact our support team Learn more