“My first Eid in decades not to sacrifice animal’
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Insecurity and poverty has rendered many families in northern Kunduz province unable to buy sacrificial animals and forced the youth into leaving abroad in search of work.
Kunduz residents say 50 percent of them could not afford buying a sacrificial animal on Eid this year, while they all would afford it because of their good economic condition in the past.
A 70-year-old man, Zikreya, told Pajhwok Afghan News he performed the hajj pilgrimage 20 years ago and had since been slaughtering animals every year for the last three decades on every Eid-ul-Adha.
But this year, he said, due to his poor economic condition and sending a son to Europe, he could not observe the Sunnah this time.
“My elder son, who was feeding the family, has gone to Europe, I am old and unable to buy a sacrificial animal this year,” he said, asking the government to put the ongoing violence to an end and let the people improve their economic situation and prevent the youth from fleeing to foreign countries.
Shamsuddin, another resident of Kunduz city, said he was also unable to offer qurbani this year.
Also owning a shop, he said, “A sheep which was for 4,000 afghanis last year is now sold for a double price. The reasons are joblessness, insecurity and livestock transfer to other provinces.”
He asked the government to improve security situation in the province and pave the ground for establishing factories so that people could invest on long term basis and get jobs.
Kunduz is one of the unstable provinces where Taliban militants have been active in some parts.
The militants also captured Dasht-i-Archi district some three months ago.
As result of clashes and operations, nearly 20,000 families have fled homes for other areas.
Local officials say half of the displaced families have turned to their homes.
Provincial council head Mohammad Yousuf Ayubi also said it was concerning that the Afghan youth had joined the refugee stream to Europe.
He said most of the migrating youth were high school graduates and bachelor’s degree holders who opted to travel abroad due to joblessness and insecurity at home country.
He said the government should ensure security, prevent people from traveling abroad and provide job opportunities to them inside their country.
However, security officials say they have been trying to recapture areas lost to the Taliban and improve security.
Police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said the government had organized security plans and Kunduz residents would feel improvement in the situation in near future.
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