Unemployment forces Kunduz youth to join rebels’ ranks
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Some educated youth have no choice but to join ranks of insurgents in northern Kunduz province, an official said.
Abdul Ghafoor Hotak, youth director at information and culture department, told Pajhwok Afghan News in the last five years they could not provide employment opportunities in government departments for over 1,200 youth having bachelors and masters’ degrees and 18 with doctorates.
Some of these youth, he said, due to poverty and unemployment had no choice but to take up arms against the government.
“I know people who were member of the youth department for three years and had university degrees as well. When our efforts to find them jobs did not bear any fruit they had no choice but to join the insurgents.”
He added these youth now were also convincing others to join them. He went on to say if the government did not take practical measure in bringing unemployment rate down security in the province would deteriorate further.
Sayed Hakim, a resident of Chardara district, who graduated from Education University in Kunduz two years back, said he could not get any job in this period.
He said he has to take care of his family and had no choice but to do manual labour in Kunduz city.
Sibghatullah Mahmoodi, another graduate from Nangarhar University, said in the last three years he has suffered a lot due to unemployment. He wanted to work as a teacher but could not get the opportunity.
Without knowing high-ranking officials or paying bribes, he claimed, nobody could be hired in government departments.
According to the youth, director more than 65% of the youth in the province leave for foreign countries in search of jobs.
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