Beggars being arrested in Kabul

A beggar woman with a baby in Helmand Province.
(Abdullah Shaheen/IRIN)

Over 15 beggars were arrested and put in a temporary shelter in Kabul on 30 April in line with a new government policy designed to end street begging, which officials say is strongly linked to crime.

Most of the arrested beggars were children, women and disabled people, an official told IRIN.

Ranked the fifth least developed country in the world by the UN Development Programme, Afghanistan outlawed begging in November 2008.


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