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Cash Aid Distribution to Orphans, Widows, Disabled People to Resume in Afghanistan

The State Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled Affairs (MoMDA) on Thursday in a news release said it will soon resume distributing cash aid to orphans, widows and disabled people in Afghanistan.

On Thursday the ministry announced it has resumed the registration process of orphans, widows and disabled people, which was ceased due to the assessment work and creating transparency in the process in Kabul and all provinces of the country.

According to a news release, some 3500 disabled people, widows and orphans who were registered contrary to the procedures of the Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled Affairs have been removed from the list.

Sheikh Abdul Hakim Haqqani, Taliban’s deputy minister of MoMDA said as of now 190,000 disabled people, 80,000 widowed women and 350,000 orphans have been registered with the ministry.

Meanwhile, in the year 1402, the Finance Ministry allocated only 12 billion Afghanis for the Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled Affairs.

According to MoMDA, after allocating funds for the provinces, the process of distributing cash aid will start before the “Eid Festival” for the most vulnerable segment of society including widows, orphans and disabled people.

In a previous report released by Deutsche Welle (DW), there were some 150,000 disabled people in Afghanistan. However, the latest statistics, it said that about 190,000 disabled people have been registered with MoMDA.

According to the findings of Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), 13.9% of the total population of Afghanistan suffers from disabilities.