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    Nangarhar labourers hardly afford feeding families

    JALALABAD (PAN): Daily wagers in eastern Nangarhar province complain of lack of work opportunities to earn a living for their families.

    A daily wager, Abdul Razzaq, told Pajhwok Afghan News he could not meet a person who needed his labour over the past two weeks, despite efforts.

    "I live in a rented house that snatches away food from my family because I cannot afford such expenses," he complained.

    "If there were factories, we would have jobs and certainly able to fight poverty," another labourer, Sher Mohammad, said.

    “Neither the president nor the governor have any concern in their hearts about us. Their only concern is how to fill their pockets with money," the 50 years old said.

    A senior labour leader, and head of AAFTU Liaqat Adil, said 40 percent youth had no jobs in Afghanistan. "There are 11 million uneducated people in the country. Many educated people are facing unemployment," he added.

    He urged the Afghan government and the international community to launch projects for the development of the country's infrastructure. Such schemes will help the government overcome unemployment," he said.

    Director of Labour at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, Abdul Hakim Sherzad, said that  main reason behind joblessness was a lack of professional labourers. He stressed the need for providing the youth with professional training in various fields.

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