Taliban Launches Wheat-for-Work Scheme

The Taliban administration of Afghanistan inaugurated a hunger-relief program on Sunday, distributing wheat in exchange for labor to thousands of Afghans.

Taliban’s chief spokesman said that the initiative would be implemented across Afghanistan’s largest cities and towns, employing 40,000 men in Kabul alone.

“This is an important step for fighting unemployment,” Zabihullah Mujahid said.

Participants will be assigned to public works such as excavating irrigation canals and trenches to keep snow from accumulating in the lead-up to winter.

In exchange for their labor, the Taliban leadership has promised to provide 65,000 tons of wheat to the workers’ families.

According to the World Food Programme (WFP), 22.8 million people, or more than half of Afghanistan’s population, are facing acute food insecurity and are “marching to hunger,” up from 14 million just two months earlier.

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