Taliban ‘Prime Minister’ to Starving Afghans: Famine Is a ‘Test from Allah'
Mohammad Hassan Akhund praises Taliban
The Taliban's designated “prime minister," Mohammad Hassan Akhund, addressed the nation on Sunday, claiming that widespread poverty and famine are “a great test from Allah.”
Akhund claimed the Taliban is not responsible for the widespread poverty in Afghanistan, even though they have fought a two-decade-long war in an effort to return to power.
The Taliban found victory after Joe Biden abruptly withdrew American forces from the country.
Earlier this year, almost every major global financial institution froze Afghanistan’s government assets in response to them seizing the country.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid published the full text of the address via his Twitter account.
“Dear people, twenty years of history and a great test from Allah have passed over you,” Akhund asserted.
“You and your young mujahideen have endured this 20-year jihad with great hardships, prisons, raids, and sacrifices. The mujahideen shielded themselves against everything, as a result of which Allah the Exalted bestowed this great blessing on them.”
“I say to all dear people that now you and I are facing another test,” he continued.
“We must all cry out to our Lord to bring down upon us the rain of mercy so that the drought may be eradicated from our country and our existing problems may be solved.”
Akhund said famine was a “great test of Allah” that has arrived because “the servants have begun to rebel against Allah.”
“May Allah Almighty help us to cry out to Allah Almighty and solve our problems,” he continued.
Akhund also praised the Taliban and insisted they have no responsibility for any problems in the country.
“There are cries of unemployment and, with the advent of the Emirate [the Taliban rule], prices have skyrocketed … would it be fair to associate this price hike with the Emirate?” he asked.
“Did the famine come with the Emirate, or did it already exist in this country?”
“God forbid that you should be suspicious of such a blessed system, security, and government, or that a useless word should be uttered about it,” Akhund warned, “God Almighty will be displeased with you.”
“If we do not give thanks for this blessing, Allah will punish us severely,” he concluded.
But many Afghans were outraged by the demand to absolve the Taliban from the country’s problems.
“How can a leader say something like that to the face of the people who haven’t had anything for days,” an Afghan citizen told The National under a pseudonym.
“There are nights we sleep without eating. We can’t afford milk for the babies,” the man said.
“Of course, they can’t provide us with food. But if they want to be our leaders, how can they refuse responsibility for the unemployment, famine, and suffering of Afghans?”
There are now over 22 million Afghans facing “food insecurity,” according to the National.
Even the Taliban announced an estimated 1 million children were actively suffering malnutrition.
As Neon Nettle reported:
Executive director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, said Afghanistan "is now among the world’s worst humanitarian crises - if not the worst."
"Food security has all but collapsed," he added.
"This winter, millions of Afghans will be forced to choose between emigration and starvation unless we can step up our life-saving assistance and unless the economy can be resuscitated."
"We are on a countdown to catastrophe, and if we don’t act now, we will have a total disaster on our hands."
In October, Neon Nettle reported that an Afghan woman and her husband sold their two young daughters, one who was just 18 months old, into "marriage" because they desperately needed money to buy food.
“Fahima has wept many times since her husband sold their two young daughters into marriage to survive the drought gripping western Afghanistan."