Youth rally in Kabul against joblessness
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some youth on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in capital Kabul against the growing unemployment and set the ministry concerned a week-long deadline to generate jobs otherwise it gates would be closed.
Dozens of youth took part in the rally and chanted “We want jobs”, “unemployment fuels insecurity”, “joblessness is sickness”, “unemployment causes migration, promotes ethnic differences.”
Emal Ahmadi, one of the protesters, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had graduated from a public sector university four years ago, but was unable to find job as yet.
“We hoped the unity government would provide us jobs, but things worsened after it took over,” he said.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) said the issue of unemployment had turned into a great challenge for the unity government.
He said the dwindling foreign aid and a surge in incidents of violence had served a major blow to government’s efforts at creating jobs. According to him, the ministry was working on short and long-term plans to get rid of unemployment and produce jobs.
The National Workers Union (NWU) had said as many as 16 million people in the country were eligible to work, out of which three million had jobs and the remaining were jobless.
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