AT-KABUL: The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) termed unemployment, drug addiction and insecurity as great challenges before youth.
The Deputy Minister for Youth Affairs in the MoIC, Temor Shah Ishaqzai, while talking to a gathering of youth in Kabul, said that unemployment usually compel youth to join militant groups. He stressed investment in youth is need of the hour. Ishaqzai said that the unemployment also lead to drug abuse.
The gathering was organized by Counterpart, a welfare organization, in cooperation with the USAID to promote young people’s civic participation.
Maisam Ehsani, a civil society activist, said that the government hasn’t paid enough attention to youth’s so far. “Despite the challenges mentioned by the MoIC, one of the biggest problems the young people face in Afghanistan is that the government has turned blind eye to the youth so far,” he added.
According to surveys, more than 60 percent of the population of Afghanistan is youth.
This comes at a time that the National Workers Union of Afghanistan has said that more than 12 million Afghans are unemployed.