Unemployment pushing Kunduz youth into insurgency
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A large number of youth in northern Kunduz province complain about unemployment which they blame for problems that force them into seeking asylum in foreign countries or joining militant groups.
Zabihullah Majidi, a jobless youth and civil society activist in Kunduz, told Pajhwok Afghan News the population of unemployed people had increased in the province but the government was paying no attention to the problem.
“Joblessness is a serious problem of the youth in Kunduz, most of them complain about lack of jobs and a large number of them had either left the country or joined the militants,” he said.
Most of these jobless youth are suffering from psychological problems or have developed addiction to drugs, Majidi said, asking the government to launch reconstruction projects and employ jobless youth for their implementation.
Ghulam Jan is another man struggling with unemployment. He said most of educated youth in Kunduz were jobless while people of other provinces coming to Kunduz had been given jobs.
He expressed concern over the increasing unemployment and corruption and said “people are already hired on posts announced in government offices, they take a symbolic exam. People who have no friends in government offices cannot get jobs.”
Local officials also confirmed the youth, who could not find jobs, used to join militants to earn money to feed their families.
Abdul Ghafor Hottak, the youth affairs director in Kunduz, said joblessness had produced dangerous consequences.
He said jobless youth had either developed psychological problems or joined militants. More youth would possibly join militants if the government continued to neglect them, Hottak warned.
Around 1,220 jobless youth despite being graduated from schools or earning bachelor’s degree have been registered with the youth affairs department, he said, adding the number of other jobless people not registered with the office was much higher.
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