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Joblessness and poverty haunting people

AT-KABUL: May 1stwas marked as the International Labor Day in Afghanistan on Tuesday, while some laborers called it as “symbolic”. They complained about poverty and joblessness, saying that unemployment helps insecurity increase.

Raz Mohammad Ahmadi, acting head of laborers’ council said that joblessness and unemployment caused insecurity and instability in Afghanistan.

“400,000 youth enter the work bazaar every year, but unfortunately, the government has no employment program. So, many of them take refuge to abroad,” Ahmadi said.

He expressed concerns over increasing joblessness, calling on the government to put employment in its priorities.

Bahman Yousufi, a government official said there were 12 million work qualified people in Afghanistan, but half of them are jobless.

“Joblessness encourages people to addiction and other illegal things,” he said.

In the northern province of Jawzjan, laborers called the labor day as symbolic, saying they were facing huge economic problems.

“Laborers are facing scores of challenges and run a poor life. The labor day is marked in Afghanistan as symbolic and nobody cares of the laborers’ life condition,” said Eng. Abdul Wakil Qayyoumi, an official at the Afghan Gas company.

Laborers in Jwazjan said that Afghanistan was passing the war era and it was wrong to say that government has plans for the improvement of the laborers’ life situation.

They said that the government was working hard to provide facilities for the laborers through different possible ways, hoping the efforts would give fruit.

“Joblessness is increasing. I have worked 12 days in a month and have been waiting for job the rest days,” said Najibullah, who works under masons in construction projects.

“I ask the government to provide job opportunities for people by creating factories,” said Najibullah who is the only bread winner of his family.

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